Interobserver agreement in analysis of cardiotocograms recorded during trial of labor after cesarean

M M Caning, D L A Thisted, I Amer-Wählin, G H Laier, L Krebs

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Abstract

Introduction: To examine interobserver agreement in intrapartum cardiotocography (CTG) classification in women undergoing trial of labor after a cesarean section (TOLAC) at term with or without complete uterine rupture. Materials and methods: Nineteen blinded and independent Danish obstetricians assessed CTG tracings from 47 women (174 individual pages) with a complete uterine rupture during TOLAC and 37 women (133 individual pages) with no uterine rupture during TOLAC. Individual pages with CTG tracings lasting at least 20?min were evaluated by three different assessors and counted as an individual case. The tracings were analyzed according to the modified version of the Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) guidelines elaborated for the use of STAN (ST-analysis). Occurrence of defined abnormalities was recorded and the tracings were classified as normal, suspicious, pathological, or preterminal. The interobserver agreement was evaluated using Fleiss' kappa. Results: Agreement on classification of a preterminal CTG was almost perfect. The interobserver agreement on normal, suspicious or pathological CTG was moderate to substantial. Regarding the presence of severe variable decelerations, the agreement was moderate. No statistical difference was found in the interobserver agreement between classification of tracings from women undergoing TOLAC with and without complete uterine rupture. Conclusions: The interobserver agreement on classification of CTG tracings from high-risk deliveries during TOLAC is best for assessment of a preterminal CTG and the poorest for the identification of severe variable decelerations.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)3778-3783
Antal sider6
TidsskriftJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Vol/bind32
Udgave nummer22
DOI
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2019

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