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FERNANDEZ MEDINA, Isabel María. Analgesic alternatives for labour pain. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.33, pp.400-406. ISSN 1695-6141.

Introduction: Currently there has been an increased interest from mothers and their environment, by the application of other non-invasive analgesic methods. Therefore, it is a major issue for health professionals related to delivery care, which should develop the skills necessary to help those women who choose childbirth alternative promoted by the application of analgesic action. Objectives: We sought to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the main alternatives analgesic delivery that literature offers us. Methods: We performed a literature search in the following databases: Medline, Pubmed, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and Ebsco. Results: The studies surveyed reflect that different alternatives as applying analgesic electrotherapy, acupuncture, massage therapy or thermotherapy in childbirth are moderate effective in reducing pain. Conclusions: The application of alternative analgesic action is proven effective, however, it is necessary the development of larger clinical studies with a methodology agreed to endorse the effectiveness of such interventions.

Keywords : labour; pain; analgesic alternatives.

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