A critical review of the Cochrane meta-analysis of routine late-pregnancy ultrasound.
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
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Smith, G. (2021). A critical review of the Cochrane meta-analysis of routine late-pregnancy ultrasound.. BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 128 (2), 207-213. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.16386
A Cochrane review of universal late pregnancy ultrasound has been highly influential in guiding UK practice, concluding that it does not improve outcome. However, the meta-analysis combines trials that used diverse definitions of screen positive, were designed in the absence of high quality data on diagnostic effectiveness, and did not couple screening to an effective intervention. Moreover, even if the trials had combined a highly effective screening test with a highly effective intervention, the sample size was 15% of that required to study perinatal death. It is not known whether universal late pregnancy ultrasound confers benefit on the mother or baby.
Humans, Pregnancy Complications, Ultrasonography, Prenatal, Reproducibility of Results, Predictive Value of Tests, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Trimester, Second, Female, Meta-Analysis as Topic
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.16386
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