Presentation Information

Kirsten Small

Why is it so Hard to Align Clinical Practice with the Evidence About Cardiotocography Monitoring?

  • Speaker: Kirsten Small , PhD FRANZCOG
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  • Duration: 75 Mins
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Abstract:

Quality research evidence demonstrates that intrapartum Cardiotocography monitoring in either low or high-risk populations fails to improve perinatal outcomes but drives harm by increasing the surgical birth rate. This evidence is not new, and obstetrics claims to be an evidence-based profession, yet there has been little interest or success in reducing the use of intrapartum CTG monitoring. This presentation draws on doctoral research which makes visible why it is so hard to align practice with evidence and challenges clinicians and leaders in our profession to rethink intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring.