Has publication of the results of the ORACLE Children Study changed practice in the UK?

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Authors

  • K Pike
  • D Jones
  • N Marlow
  • A Salt
  • D Taylor

Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:  To investigate whether publication of the results of the ORACLE Children's Study, a 7-year follow-up of the ORACLE trial, changed practice with regard to the routine prescription of antibiotics to women with preterm rupture of membranes or spontaneous preterm labour (intact membranes). DESIGN:  A comparative questionnaire survey of clinical practice in November 2007 (before publication) and March 2009 (after publication). POPULATION:  Lead obstetricians for labour wards of all maternity units in the UK. METHODS:  Self-administered questionnaires requested information about the routine prescription of antibiotics to women with either preterm rupture of membranes or spontaneous preterm labour (intact membranes). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:  Change in practice for prescription of antibiotics. RESULTS:  The response rate was 166/214 (78%) in 2007 and 158/209 (76%) in 2009. In total, 120 maternity units responded on both occasions. For women with preterm rupture of membranes, 162/214 (98%) in 2007 and 151/158 (96%) in 2009 maternity units reported that they prescribed antibiotics, with the majority using erythromycin (98%). For women with spontaneous preterm labour (intact membranes), 35/166 (21%) in 2007 and 25/158 (16%) in 2009 maternity units reported that they routinely prescribed antibiotics. The findings from units who responded on both occasions are similar. CONCLUSIONS:  There has been little change in the reported prescription of antibiotics to women with either preterm rupture of membranes or spontaneous preterm labour following publication of the ORACLE Children's Study. This suggests that current practice may require updated guidance.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1344-1349
Number of pages6
JournalBJOG
Volume117
Issue number11
Early online date7 Sep 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Antibiotics for women with PROM or SPL, Change in Practice