Baby-OSCAR, a placebo-controlled trial of ibuprofen for closure of a large Patent Ductus Arteriosus in very premature babies, is now open for recruitment. Contact Trial Co-ordinator Nina Jamieson or see the Baby-OSCAR webpages for more information.
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NPEU researcher Louise Linsell will be at the 1st Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS) in Budapest this coming September, presenting her systematic review on the prediction of neurodevelopmental impairment in babies born very preterm. She will be exhibiting two posters summarising all the prognostic research carried out over the last two decades on the prediction of cognitive and motor outcomes in these babies. If you're at the conference, please come and say hello!
Louise's systematic review on the prediction of cognitive outcomes will also be published shortly in JAMA Pediatrics, so you will be able to read about her research in full.
NPEU Senior Health Economist Oliver Rivero-Arias gave a talk in a series on Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in Health Economics at the Royal Statistical Society on 18th June. His seminar focused on mapping non preference to preference-based outcome measures, explaining the most common statistical approaches used and outlining guidance recently developed to promote clarity, transparency and completenesss in mapping studies. Read Oliver's RSS presentation
"Perinatal mortality Surveillance Report – UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2013"
The first Perinatal Mortality Surveillance report issued by the MBRRACE-UK collaboration is published today.
There has been an overall improvement in the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the UK which continues the trend from 2003 onwards. However, the overall trend masks variations in rates across the UK. These variations remain despite the fact that a new analytical method has been introduced by MBRRACE-UK to take into account aspects of care-mix to allow ‘fairer’ comparisons of mortality rates between services for high risk and low risk pregnancies. The new analytical method also takes into account the random variation in rates which can occur because of the small number of births which occur in some areas. Led by the MBRRACE-UK collaborators based in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester, the report also highlights variations in mortality rates between different groups in the population. For example, pregnancies to women living in areas with the highest levels of poverty in the UK are over 50% more likely to end in stillbirth or neonatal death. Read the full report and follow us on twitter @TIMMSleicester @mbrrace
A new Birthplace report based on further analysis of the Birthplace cohort study data has been published and is available to download from the NIHR Journals Library website. This new study covers:
- Variations in intervention and transfer rates between units
- Whether interventions and transfer rates vary by maternal ethnicity, socioeconomic disadvantage (area deprivation) or age
- Time of day and day of week variations in interventions and maternal outcomes
- Outcomes in ‘higher risk’ women planning birth at home or in midwifery units
A qualitative paper exploring the experiences of women who have life threatening complications in childbirth and need critical care has been published in BMJ Open. The research by Lisa Hinton and Louise Locock from the Health Experiences Research Group, in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and NPEU's Marian Knight, was conducted as part of the UKNeS programme. The study provides a rare patient perspective of experiences of maternal critical care, which, while rare, can be devastating for mother and baby and makes recommendations for how clinical teams might work to support these women. Read the full paper.
The PHOENIX trial has recruited its 50th participant today! PHOENIX is a multi-centre randomised trial to determine whether early induction or expectant management is better for women with pre-eclampsia and their babies. Thanks to the staff at all participating centres who have collectively contributed to such a successful start to the study. Just 850 more participants needed!
The Peer Support for Women project, which is researching the experience of giving and receiving peer support during pregnancy and the postnatal year, has now carried out its 100th qualitative interview. Researchers have interviewed both trained volunteers who have given peer support and mothers who have received it at 11 pregnancy/postnatal peer support projects in Birmingham, Bristol, Bradford, Burnley, Halifax, Hull, London and North Yorkshire. Results will be available later this year.
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