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Table 2 Knowledge of the outcome as associated with routine episiotomy, Hung Vuong Hospital, 2012-13

From: Knowledge, attitude and experience of episiotomy use among obstetricians and midwives in Viet Nam

Knowledge of episiotomy outcomes with routine use Obstetricians Midwives P-value
N = 69 N = 79
n (%) n (%)
Prevalence of postpartum haemorrhage*    
Higher in women with episiotomy† 21 (30.4) 36 (45.6) 0.06
Lower in women with episiotomy 5 ( 7.3) 8 (10.1) 0.54
Equal 25 (36.2) 28 (35.4) 0.92
Do not know 18 (26.1) 7 ( 8.9) <0.01
Prevalence of fetal distress*    
Higher in women with episiotomy 1 ( 1.5) 4 ( 5.1) 0.23
Lower in women with episiotomy 3 ( 4.4) 24 (30.4) <0.01
Equal† 46 (66.7) 38 (48.1) 0.02
Do not know 19 (27.5) 13 (16.5) 0.10
Faster wound healing?    
Yes 16 (23.2) 17 (21.5) 0.81
No 41 (59.4) 53 (67.1) 0.33
Don’t know 12 (17.4) 9 (11.4) 0.30
Less perineal pain?    
Yes† 16 (23.5) 26 (32.9) 0.19
No 39 (57.4) 48 (60.8) 0.60
Don’t know 13 (19.1) 5 ( 6.3) 0.02
Urinary incontinence*    
Yes 10 (14.5) 19 (24.1) 0.14
No† 43 (62.3) 52 (65.8) 0.66
Don’t know 16 (23.2) 8 (10.1) 0.03
Pelvic organ prolapsed*    
Yes 18 (26.1) 27 (34.2) 0.29
No† 40 (58.0) 50 (63.3) 0.51
Don’t know 11 (15.9) 2 ( 2.5) <0.01
  1. *compared to women without an episiotomy.
  2. response to knowledge question that was considered correct.
  3. compared to women with a 2nd degree tear.