Patient Preferences and Experiences in Hyperemesis Gravidarum Treatment: A Qualitative Study

Introduction: Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) medical therapies are currently of limited effect, which creates a larger role for patient preferences in the way HG care is arranged. This is the first study using in-depth interviews to investigate patients' preferences and experiences of HG treatment. Materials and Methods: We conducted individual in-depth interviews among women who had been hospitalized for HG in North Holland at least once in the past 4 years. We asked them about their experiences, preferences, and suggestions for improvement regarding the HG treatment they received. The sample size was determined by reaching data saturation. Themes were identified from analysis of the interview transcripts. Results and Discussion: 13 women were interviewed. Interviewees emphasized the importance of early recognition of the severity of HG, increasing caregivers' knowledge on HG, early medical intervention, and nasogastric tube feeding. They valued a single room in hospital, discussion of treatment options, more possibilities of home-treatment, psychological support during HG and after childbirth, and more uniform information and policies regarding HG treatment. Conclusion: Further research is needed to establish whether the suggestions can lead to more (cost) effective care and improve the course of HG and outcomes for HG patients and their children.


van Vliet, R. Bink, M. Polman, J. Suntharan, A. Grooten, I. Zwolsman, S. E. Roseboom, T. J. Painter, R. C.


Journal: J Pregnancy
Volume: 2018
Pages: 5378502 -
Year: 2018

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Not Applicable
Funding source(s):

Health Area

Disease Category: Pregnancy & childbirth

Disease Name: Hyperemesis gravidarum

Target Population

Age Range: Unknown

Sex: Female

Nature of Intervention:

Stakeholders Involved

- Service users

Study Type

- Patient perspectives


- Interview