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The challenges of randomised control trials in obstetrics and gynaecology

Published:January 05, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ogrm.2020.12.006

      Abstract

      In this short article we explore some of the challenges faced by those conducting randomised trials in obstetrics and gynaecology. We discuss the current status of trials comparing induction of labour versus expectant management, so called ‘deliver or delay’ trials. We consider the benefits of utilising routine data for collecting trial outcome data. Although cluster trials can provide a useful methodology for answering difficult questions, we illustrate with an example that cluster trials are at risk of delivering a misleading result. We discuss the importance of long term outcomes in randomised trials.

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