Multiple Pregnancy: Knowledge and Practice Patterns of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ArticleinObstetrics and Gynecology 104(2):232-7 · September 2004with5 Reads
Impact Factor: 5.18 · DOI: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000132805.79318.99 · Source: PubMed


    We sought to assess knowledge and practices of obstetricians regarding multiple gestation.
    A questionnaire investigating knowledge and practice patterns pertaining to multiple gestation was mailed to randomly selected American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Fellows and Junior Fellows in January 2003. Fifty-one percent (589/1,146) of the surveys were returned.
    Statistical analysis included the responses from 430 practicing obstetricians. More than 60% rated their training regarding management of multiples as adequate. Men (56.5%) were older and had been in practice longer than females. Sixty-two percent of general obstetrician-gynecologists managed twins without input from a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. An understanding of chorionicity was less than anticipated. The majority of practitioners managed twins according to recent ACOG educational materials. They did not use prophylactic cerclage, home uterine-activity monitoring, or tocolytics. Fort-six percent encouraged prophylactic bed rest. The management of breech second twins varied.
    Most obstetricians manage multiples according to current ACOG educational materials independent of maternal-fetal medicine specialists. This survey identified knowledge gaps, specifically in chorionicity, indicating the need to develop educational strategies addressing these insufficiencies.