Cesarean section on maternal request: should it be formally prohibited in Italy?



Background. Cesarean section on maternal request (CSMR) could represent an avoidable quota of cesareans. In Italy, this is a topical problem of health-policy, involving ethical, juridical and medical issues. Aim and methods. A 5-questions questionnaire to quantitatively assess the perspectives of medical, juridical and ethical issues of planned CSMR was administered to obstetricians and gynecologists, midwives, lawyers and pregnant women. It was assessed to what extent those issues matter on the final decision of planning a CSMR. Results. Non-homogeneous answers of stakeholders suggest different perspectives about issues on CSMR. The juridical issue seems to have the greatest impact on the final decision. Conclusion. Planning a CSMR associates overall with juridical issues in each group of respondents. Therefore, an obstetrician and gynecologist is unable to counsel a patient on CSMR from a medical point of view. The most direct way for reducing cesareans in Italy could be the formal prohibition of CSMR.



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Ugo Indraccolo

Gennaro Scutiero

Maria Matteo

Salvatore Renato Indraccolo

Pantaleo Greco

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Indraccolo, U., Scutiero, G., Matteo, M., Indraccolo, S. R., & Greco, P. (2015). Cesarean section on maternal request: should it be formally prohibited in Italy?. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 51(2), 161–165. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/193
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