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Should Obstetricians See Women With Normal Pregnancies?

Monday, 17 November 2008 20:20
A multicentre randomised controlled trial of routine antenatal care by general practitioners and midwives in Scotland compared with shared care led by obstetricians. The results concluded with these findings: Routine obstetric visits for women initially at low risk of pregnancy complications offer little or no clinical or consumer benefit.

Care by general practitioners and midwives improved continuity of care: there were fewer carers, non-attendances, and hospital admissions, and marginally fewer routine visits than with specialist led shared care; incidences of hypertension, proteinuria, pre-eclampsia, and induction of labour were also lower.

Should obstetricians see women with normal pregnancies? A multicentre randomised controlled trial of routine antenatal care by general practitioners and midwives compared with shared care led by obstetricians   Brit Med Jou 1996 (Mar 2);   312:   554-559