Maternal recall and medical records: an examination of events during pregnancy, childbirth, and early infancy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

It is not currently known whether sufficiently precise data on a previous pregnancy, labor and delivery, and early infancy can be obtained retrospectively. We conducted a telephone survey in 1991 of women who delivered babies between 1984 and 1986 at two teaching hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee, to assess how well mothers recall information on factors predictive of an adverse birth outcome. The survey yielded 102 usable responses that were compared with hospital records for mothers and infants. Overall, 89 percent agreement was found between women's responses and their charts. Respondents were not reluctant to answer potentially sensitive questions, and their technical knowledge was typically better for their own health than about some prenatal diagnostic procedures and their infants' health. We found no difference in recall accuracy according to whether mothers experienced some adversity with the index pregnancy. Accurate perinatal information can generally be obtained with a recall period as high as four to six years.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Githens, PB; Glass, CA; Sloan, FA; Entman, SS

Published Date

  • September 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 136 - 141

PubMed ID

  • 8240621

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1523-536X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-7659

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1523-536x.1993.tb00438.x


  • eng