Developing a core outcome set (COS) for intrapartum fetal assessment

Developing a COS for use in all studies of interventions for assessment of fetal wellbeing in labour is timely and important. The use of the COS as a minimum across the field of intrapartum fetal assessment would allow for the results of trials and other studies to be effectively compared, contrasted and combined, as appropriate.


Professor Declan Devane
Professor of Midwifery, NUI Galway
Professor of Midwifery, Saolta University Health Care Group
Director, Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN), Ireland

Dr Valerie Smith
Lecturer in Midwifery, TCD/Research Fellow, NUI Galway, Ireland

Professor Geraldine Boylan
Professor of Neonatal Physiology, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, University College Cork
Director, Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research
5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital
Wilton, Cork, Ireland

Professor Zarko Alfirevic
Head of Department of Women's and Children's Health
Institute of Translational Medicine
University of Liverpool
C/O University Department
Liverpool Women's Hospital
Crown Street
Liverpool L8 7SS, UK

Professor Louise Kenny
Director, The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research
Professor of Obstetrics and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Cork University Maternity Hospital, Ireland

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Withdrawn
Date: June 2015 - June 2017
Funding source(s): Health Research Board (Ireland)

Health Area

Disease Category: Pregnancy & childbirth

Disease Name: Maternity care

Target Population

Age Range: 16 - 100

Sex: Female

Nature of Intervention: N/A

Stakeholders Involved

- Clinical experts
- Service users

Study Type

- COS for clinical trials or clinical research


- Consensus meeting
- Delphi process
- Systematic review

• Systematic review to identify reported outcome measures in clinical trials of interventions for intrapartum fetal assessment; ?
• Development of a preliminary COS for interventions for intrapartum fetal assessment studies to include an e-Delphi;
• Consensus meeting to discuss and agree on the for intrapartum fetal assessment -COS.

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