Reuters Health Information (2005-02-09): Britain launches surveillance system for rare pregnancy disorders
Britain launches surveillance system for rare pregnancy disorders
Last Updated: 2005-02-09 19:01:27 -0400 (Reuters Health)
LONDON (Agence de Presse Medicale for Reuters Health) -
What is claimed to be the first system of its kind in the world to
study rare disorders of pregnancy and childbirth was launched in
Britain on Thursday.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the
National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit said the obstetric surveillance
system would identify disorders through a monthly card mailing to
nominated obstetricians, midwives and anaesthetists.
"Initial studies will cover acute fatty liver of pregnancy, amniotic
fluid embolism, antenatal pulmonary embolism, eclampsia, peripartum
hysterectomy, and tuberculosis," they added in a statement.
"New studies, identified by midwives and obstetricians as priority
areas for research, will replace completed ones. In this way, (the
system) will conduct a rolling programme of studies, and will provide a
system capable of responding to emerging conditions of public health
Dr Peter Brocklehurst, director of the National Perinatal
Epidemiology Unit, said: "The information gained will help improve the
quality and consistency of care for women with these uncommon
conditions and their babies."