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Tests for predicting complications of pre-eclampsia: A protocol for systematic reviews

Thangaratinam, Shakila and Coomarasamy, Arri and Sharp, Steve and O'Mahony, Fidelma and O'Brien, Shaughn and Ismail, Khaled MK and Khan, Khalid S (2008) Tests for predicting complications of pre-eclampsia: A protocol for systematic reviews. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 8 (1). p. 38. ISSN 1471-2393

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2393-8-38

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1186/1471-2393-8-38

Background
Pre-eclampsia is associated with several complications. Early prediction of complications and timely management is needed for clinical care of these patients to avert fetal and maternal mortality and morbidity. There is a need to identify best testing strategies in pre eclampsia to identify the women at increased risk of complications. We aim to determine the accuracy of various tests to predict complications of pre-eclampsia by systematic quantitative reviews.

Method
We performed extensive search in MEDLINE (1951–2004), EMBASE (1974–2004) and also will also include manual searches of bibliographies of primary and review articles. An initial search has revealed 19500 citations. Two reviewers will independently select studies and extract data on study characteristics, quality and accuracy. Accuracy data will be used to construct 2 × 2 tables. Data synthesis will involve assessment for heterogeneity and appropriately pooling of results to produce summary Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) curve and summary likelihood ratios.

Discussion
This review will generate predictive information and integrate that with therapeutic effectiveness to determine the absolute benefit and harm of available therapy in reducing complications in women with pre-eclampsia.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2008 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
Department:Academic Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Subjects:RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:BioMed Central
ID Code:615
Refereed:YES
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