In addition to carrying out confidential enquiries into maternal deaths, we undertake confidential enquiries into a rolling programme of selected maternal morbidity topics and perinatal morbidity and mortality topics.
We would like to invite proposals from individuals and organisations for the forthcoming maternal morbidity confidential and the perinatal confidential enquies.
We welcome multiple topic proposals from the same organisations and individuals.
Suitability of a topic for confidential enquiry (see methodology below) is key and a number of topics were not able to be selected previously because they did not meet this criterion. A number of people proposed topics which require epidemiological studies to address and were therefore not suitable topics for a confidential enquiry. A number of people proposed topics which require epidemiological studies to address and were therefore not suitable topics for a confidential enquiry.
This call is open for any time of the year and proposals will be considered with the MBRRACE-UK Independent Advisory group at the first available opportunity.
The final topic choice will be made by the MBRRACE-UK Independent Advisory Group.
Confidential enquiry methodology
A confidential enquiry is a systematic process of multi-disciplinary, anonymous review of all or a sample of defined cases occurring in a defined geographical area during a defined period of time. Where the numbers of a specific type of condition are few, for example maternal deaths, it is possible and generally necessary to review all the deaths. Where numbers are large it is usual to take a sample for review. The review can take place either by individual or paired reviewers or during a panel process. Comparisons of care are made against guidelines or best practice where guidelines have not been developed. The review aim is to assess the quality of care provided in each case so as to inform future practice and improvements in care which may make a difference to future outcomes.
Proposals which describe a research project to estimate the incidence and prevalence of a condition, to investigate risk factors and described the management of a condition are generally not suitable topics for a confidential enquiry.