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If gravida always equals para why do we even list both?
How do you list how many live births the woman has had?
Our computer assessment sheet lists gravida (list a number), para (list a number), abortion (Y or N), miscarriage (Y or N). Any ideas on a more accurate form of documentation? I don't like how it is done, but don't know the best way to improve it.
There is another "system" in wide-spread use that expounds on the G P system by more fully explaining the P.
It goes like this: G TPAL.
G=Gravida, just like the first system.
T=Full term deliveries (meaning 37+ weeks)
P=Preterm deliveries (meaning 20-36 weeks)
A=Abortions (In the strictest definition, this refers only to spontaneous abortions or miscarriages, but some hospitals include therapeutic abortions here as well.)
For example, your patient is currently pregnant, and also has had a previous term delivery, a previous preterm delivery, a miscarriage at 8 weeks, and has 2 living children. She would be G4T1P1A1L2.