Journal article

Interventions during pregnancy to prevent preterm birth: an overview of Cochrane systematic reviews

Nancy Medley, Joshua P Vogel, Angharad Care, Zarko Alfirevic



BACKGROUND: Preterm birth (PTB) is a major factor contributing to global rates of neonatal death and to longer-term health problems for surviving infants. Both the World Health Organization and the United Nations consider prevention of PTB as central to improving health care for pregnant women and newborn babies. Current preventative clinical strategies show varied efficacy in different populations of pregnant women, frustrating women and health providers alike, while researchers call for better understanding of the underlying mechanisms that lead to PTB. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to summarise all evidence for interventions relevant to the prevention of PTB as reported in Cochrane systematic revi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project is supported by the University of Liverpool's Harris-Wellbeing of Women Preterm Birth Centre research award (Summer 2015).This project is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), via Cochrane Infrastructure funding to Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the overview authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Systematic Reviews Programme, the NIHR, the NHS or the UK Department of Health.