Recommendations for research

The guideline committee has made the following high-priority recommendations for research. For details of all the committee's recommendations for research, see the evidence reviews.

1 Subarachnoid haemorrhage or arteriovenous malformation of the brain

Does caesarean section protect against cerebral haemorrhage in women with a history of subarachnoid haemorrhage or cerebrovascular malformation?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on caesarean section for women with subarachnoid haemorrhage or arteriovenous malformation of the brain, see rationale.

2 Needle siting in pregnant women who are obese

Does the use of ultrasound of the lumbar spine improve siting of regional anaesthetic needles in pregnant women with a BMI over 30 kg/m2 at the booking appointment?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on needle siting in pregnant women who are obese, see rationale.

3 Obesity as a risk factor for perinatal morbidity and mortality

Is obesity an independent risk factor for perinatal morbidity and mortality?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on obesity as a possible independent risk factor for perinatal morbidity and mortality, see rationale.

4 Risk assessment for women in labour with signs of sepsis

What clinical features and laboratory investigations can be used to better stratify risk for women in labour with signs of sepsis (including fever and tachycardia)?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on risk assessment for women in labour with signs of sepsis, see rationale.

5 Previous caesarean section

What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of intermittent auscultation compared with continuous cardiotocography for women in labour who have had a previous caesarean section?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on monitoring in labour for women with a previous caesarean section, see rationale.

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