Pilot study: quality of life assessment of postnatal fatigue and other physical morbidity

A. Symon, C. M. A. Glazener, A. McDonald, D. A. Ruta

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Postnatal morbidity is increasingly recognized, but standard assessments may not capture what is most important to the woman with such morbidity in terms of her quality of life. The Mother-Generated Index (MGI) is a proposed postnatal quality-of-life instrument which allows the mother to determine both content and scoring. In this pilot study we found that although a degree of psychological and physical morbidity (including tiredness) is common, and may be very significant, for most women these factors are low-grade, and other aspects of their lives are more important. A quality-of-life approach allows the mother to determine her own postnatal assessment, and encourages practitioners to view her more holistically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-219
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • quality of life
  • puerperium
  • postnatal morbidity
  • health status
  • self-assessment
  • generated index
  • women's health
  • childbirth
  • pregnancy
  • postpartum
  • birth

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