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Table 2 Results on main and secondary judgment criteria

From: Epidural analgesia information sessions provided by anesthetic nurses: impact on satisfaction and anxiety of parturient women a prospective sequential study

  Period 1 Period 2 P value
n = 178 n = 188
Duration of the anesthetic consultation, mina 10 (8–12) 8 (6–10)  < 0.001
Satisfaction of the anesthetist on the consultation, 10-level numeric scalea 7 (6–8) 8 (7–9)  < 0.001
Knowledge test on epidural analgesia result, rating on 4 pointsb
 Before any information 1.4 (0.9–2.1) 1.5 (1.0–2.2) 0.11
 After the anesthetic consultation 1.7 (1.2–2.5) # 3.5 (2.7–4.0) #  < 0.001
 Before epidural catheter placement 2.2 (1.5–2.5) § 3.0 (2.2–3.5) §  < 0.001
Knowledge test on epidural analgesia result, individual changesb
 Between before and after the anesthetic consultation  + 0.3 (-0.2 – + 0.8)  + 1.5 (+ 0.8 – + 2.3)  < 0.001
 Between after the anesthetic consultation and before epidural catheter placement  + 0.3 (-0.3 – + 0.8) -0.4 (-1 – 0)  < 0.001
Satisfaction of new mothers, 10-level numeric scale
 Satisfaction on the information received about epidural analgesia 9 (8–10) 10 (9–10)  < 0.001
 Satisfaction on epidural analgesia efficacy 10 (8–10) 10 (8–10) 0.21
 Global satisfaction on delivery 8 (7–10) 9 (8–10) 0.01
Consultation of at least one other information source on epidural analgesia after the anesthetic consultation, yes/no 40/138 22/166 0.008
 Internet 29 14  
 Book, written support 5 3 0.10
 Forum, oral discussions 9 5  
Anxiety felt just before epidural catheter placement, 10-level numeric scale 4 (1–8) 3 (1–6) 0.006
  1. a Data available for 168 among the 178 women of the first period and 188 women of the second period
  2. b Test results were obtained at the 3 time-points for 195 and 212 women during the first and second periods, respectively (cf. Figure 1)
  3. #p < 0.05 for comparison with the rating before any information using the signed-rank Wilcoxon test
  4. § p < 0.05 for comparison with the rating after the anesthetic consultation using the signed-rank Wilcoxon test