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Korean J Women Health Nurs. 2009 Mar;15(1):24-31. Korean.
Published online March 31, 2009.
Copyright © 2009 Korean Academy of Women's Health Nursing
Change of Stress and Nursing Needs after Hospitalization in Preterm Labor Women
Min Kyeong Kim,1 Young Whee Lee,2 In Sook Cho,3 and Ji Young Lim3
1Registered Nurse, Inha University Hospital, Korea.
2Professor, Department of Nursing, Inha University, Korea.
3Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, InHa University, Korea.

Address reprint requests to: Kim, Min Kyeong(Corresponding Author) Department of Nursing, Inha University Hospital, 3-Ga ShiHeung-Dong, Joong-Gu, 402-751, Incheon, Korea. Tel: 82-10-5306-5617, Email:
Received November 13, 2008; Accepted February 28, 2009.



This study was to examine the change of stress and nursing needs in preterm labor women after hospitalization.


Forty seven women with preterm labor who were admitted in two university hospitals participated in the survey and they were completed the questionnaires on admission day and 5thday after admission. Questionnaires included in modified Antepartum Hospital Stressor Inventory (AHSI) and Nursing Needs for Preterm Labor. The collected data were analyzed by paired t-test and Pearson correlation test.


The stress level was not decreased significantly after hospitalization. Among them, the stresses about fetus and medical staff were decreased significantly after hospitalization, but those about pregnant women, husband and environment were increased significantly after hospitalization. The difference in the level of nursing needs between the two different days was not significant except the physical needs. The total level of stress and nursing needs were correlated significantly on the 5th day after hospitalization.


These results indicate that stress and nursing needs of preterm labor women undergo changes after hospitalization. Therefore, development of the program being followed by stressors which change from day to day and further studies are required in order to examine the decreasing of the stress.

Keywords: Stress; Nursing need; Preterm labor


Table 1
The subjects' demographic characteristics (N=47)
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Table 2
The subjects' obstetric characteristics (N=47)
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Table 3
Difference of stress level between on different days of hospitalization (N=47)
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Table 4
Difference of nursing needs between the two different days of hospitalization (N=47)
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Table 5
Correlations of stress and nursing needs in preterm labor women at admission day (N=47)
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Table 6
Correlations of stress and nursing needs in preterm labor women at 5th day after admission (N=47)
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