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Does Having a Spouse Present During Epidural Analgesia Affect Stress Levels in the Parturient and Her Spouse?

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00763126
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2008 by Rabin Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : September 30, 2008
Last Update Posted : September 30, 2008
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Rabin Medical Center

Brief Summary:

It is unclear the effect of a spouse's presence on the partureint's and the spouse's stress level during the performance of epidural analgesia during labor.

Couples will be randomized to two groups: one group where the spouse is present during the performance of epidural analgesia and the second where the spouse is not present.

Before and after epidural anlgesia, both the spouse and parturient will be have their blood pressure and pulse checked. In addition, both will have their salivary amylase measured.

Salivary amylase is an enzyme whic has been foud to correlate directly with stress levels. To check this enzyme, a sample of saliva is given.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Labor Pain Behavioral: stress level Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The Effect of the Presence of a Spouse on the Parturient's and Her Spouse's Stress Level During Epidural Analgesia During Labor as Measured by Salivary Amylase
Study Start Date : October 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2009

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Spouse present, Behavioral: stress level
Stress levels

Active Comparator: spouse absent Behavioral: stress level
Stress levels

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Stress levels [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. hemodynamic parameters [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy term parturients

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diabetes
  • Preterm labor
  • Mouth pathologies

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00763126

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Contact: Sharon Orbach-Zinger, M.D 039376811

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Rabin Medical Center
Petach Tikvah, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rabin Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Sharon Orbach-Zinger Rabin Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Sharon Orbach-Zinger, M.D, Anesthesiology department Identifier: NCT00763126    
Other Study ID Numbers: 5053
First Posted: September 30, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 30, 2008
Last Verified: September 2008
Keywords provided by Rabin Medical Center:
epidural analgesia
Stress levels
Salivary amylase
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Labor Pain
Neurologic Manifestations