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Prioritisation of research questions about maternal birth injuries

Prioritisation of Scientific Evidence Gaps using the James Lind Alliance Method

Which research questions about maternal birth-­related injuries should be given priority, in the opinion of women who have suffered childbirth-related injuries and healthcare personnel working in this field? SBU was commissioned by the government to facilitate prioritisation of questions within this field. Women with birth-related injuries and healthcare personnel were invited to collaborate in prioritising relevant research questions.

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Prioritisation of scientific evidence gaps

Scientific evidence gaps which most urgently need to be addressed are identified using a method developed by the James Lind Alliance in Great Britain that actively engages a broad range of stakeholders, including health care and social service providers as well as service users and their families.

Published: Report no: 300 Registration no: SBU 2018/406

The aim of the report is to stimulate relevant research and well-conducted studies into questions which are regarded as of particularly high priority. This can apply both to research in the form of individual new studies, so-called primary research, and in the form of systematic reviews, in which the results of all studies within a specific field are critically appraised and summarized. The main target groups for the report are researchers, the bodies which fund research and authorities and organisations which compile research findings.

The project group and external reviewers

The project groups comprised a total of 64 people (14 in each working group) representing health­care personnel (midwives, doctors, physio­therapists, ­uro­therapists, registered nurses) and women who had experienced birth-related injuries during ­delivery. The participants in the various ­working groups are listed in the full report in Swedish Chapter 7

Project leaders from SBU: Karin Rydin (project leader), Maria Ahlberg (project administrator), Sara Fundell (project administrator), Christel Hellberg (project leader), Marie Österberg (project leader).

External reviewers: Gunilla Tegerstedt, Senior Medical Officer, Med dr, and Frida Trönnberg, patient expert.

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