Tocolytics for delaying preterm birth: a network meta-analysis

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  • Ella J. Marson
  • Alexandra D. Markland
  • Eva Larkai
  • Argyro Papadopoulou
  • Aurelio Tobias
  • Doris Chou
  • Olufemi T. Oladapo
  • Ioannis Gallos

External organisations

  • Institute of Applied Health Research
  • University of Birmingham
  • World Health Organization
  • Test Evaluation Research Group


Objectives: This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (intervention). The objectives are as follows:. To conduct a meta-analysis to compare the effectiveness of tocolytic drugs for delaying preterm birth and to generate a ranking among all available tocolytic drugs according to their relative effectiveness and side effects.

Bibliographic note

Funding Information: As part of the pre-publication editorial process, this protocol was commented on by two peers (an editor and referee who is external to the editorial team), a member of Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth's international panel of consumers and a Statistical Adviser. The authors are grateful to the following peer reviewer?for their time and comments: Jim Thornton, University of Nottingham, UK. This project was 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 authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Evidence Synthesis Programme, the NIHR, National Health Service (NHS) or the Department of Health and Social Care. The World Health Organization and Amie Wilson, Victoria A Hodgetts-Morton, Ella J Marson, Alexandra D Markland, Eva Larkai, Argyro Papadopoulou, Arri Coomarasamy, Aurelio Tobias, Malcolm J Price, Katie Morris and Ioannis D Gallos retain copyright and all other rights in their respective contributions to the manuscript of this review as submitted for publication Publisher Copyright: Copyright © 2021 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD014978
Number of pages16
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021

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