Research prioritization of interventions for the primary prevention of preterm birth: An international survey.
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2019 Jan 25. pii: S0301-2115(19)30048-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2019.01.021.
Allotey J1, Matei A2, Husain S3, Newton S4, Dodds J5, Armson AB2, Khan KS5, Vogel JP6.
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To identify research priorities of interventions for the primary prevention of preterm birth (PTB), by conducting an international stakeholder survey.
A prospective cross-sectional online survey was conducted in November 2016. Fifteen interventions to prevent spontaneous PTB were identified and ranked by stakeholders (n = 159) in the field of maternal and perinatal health research, using nine equally weighted criteria. Medians and interquartile ranges (IQRs) were calculated and the interventions ranked accordingly.
Respondents to the survey were from 46 different countries, mostly from low and middle-income countries (62%, 99/159) and were mainly clinicians (80%, 127/159). Of the fifteen interventions ranked, the following five were identified as research priorities in the primary prevention of PTB: dietary counselling and nutritional education, risk scoring, vitamin D supplementation, exercise and antioxidant supplementation.
We have identified research priorities of interventions to prevent spontaneous PTB through a global stakeholder survey. The interventions prioritized in this exercise can be used by researchers, grant funding bodies and research-policy decision makers to inform calls on future clinical trials or individual patient data meta-analyses on the primary prevention of PTB.
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