Prenatal care quality suffers for overweight patients
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Providers use less patient-centered communication and give lower ratings of patient-provider relationships when providing prenatal care to overweight or obese women.
Why this matters
Increasing patient-centered communication, especially for patients who are overweight or obese, may improve prenatal care quality.
Researchers conducted a cross-sectional, secondary data analysis, using audio recordings, surveys, and medical records from prenatal visits between 22 providers and 117 of their patients at a single urban teaching hospital.
Multivariate, multilevel Poisson models were used to examine the relationship between patient prepregnancy BMI and provider communication.
Funding: National Institutes of Health.
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