oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Psychoprophylaxis and the patient

Volume 17, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



As far as Rhodesia is concerned it is difficult to evaluate statistically the results of psychoprophylaxis because conditions are not ideal. Obviously results are better if the person who trains is present during delivery, or a midwife with the same psychoprophylactic training takes over in the ward. Due to lack of both midwives and physiotherapists this is not possible at present; the patient therefore has ""to go it almost alone"" in many cases. Husbands area help, but they are not always willing, nor allowed, to be present. Despite all these difficulties, patients are nevertheless grateful for the opportunity to learn, and if their histories and the writer's are anything to go by psycho prophylaxis does work.

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