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This descriptive research aimed to compare labor pain between primiparous and multiparous women in the first stage of labor. A multi-stage random sampling was used to recruit a sample of 100 pregnant women who came to deliver their babies in community hospitals, Chiang Rai in 2015. Research instruments included a demographic questionnaire, a labor record and the Thai short-form McGill pain questionnaire (Th-SFMPQ) with its KR-20 of .74. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics and Chi-square test.
Results revealed that for the latent phase and the early active phase of labor, primiparous women had significantly greater shooting pain than the multiparous women
( 2 =8.01, p<.01 and 2 =3.75, p<.05 orderly). For the late active phase, primiparous women had significantly greater shooting and cramping pain than the multiparous women ( 2 =12.73, p<.001 and 2 =4.59, p<.05 orderly). These findings suggest that nurses and midwives should utilized to develop a clinical nursing practice guideline to reduce the first stage of labor pain in primiparous women.
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