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14/11/2017

Study Reveals Priorities For Future Miscarriage Research

A new study has revealed what future miscarriage research should focus on, according to the public and health professionals.

The research, published in BMJ Open and presented at the Association of Early Pregnancy Unit's (AEPU) annual conference last week, found that more research is required to improve the psychological and emotional support available to women and their partners affected by miscarriage. Other priorities include research into preventative treatment, relevance of pre-existing medical conditions, importance of lifestyle factors and genetic and chromosomal causes, investigation after different numbers of miscarriage and male causal factors.

For the findings, a team of UK-based researchers compiled a list of questions women, their partners and health professionals want answered and prioritised in future research.

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The study involved 1,093 participants, including 932 women who have experienced miscarriage, eight partners, 17 family members, friends or colleagues, 104 healthcare professionals and eight charitable organisations, including Miscarriage Association, Tommy's and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Of the initial 2,402 questions, the 25 top questions were discussed in a face-to-face workshop to identify the top 10 priorities for future research.

The top research priorities identified are:

What are the effective interventions to prevent miscarriage?

What are the emotional and mental health impacts of miscarriage in the short term and long term for the mother and partner?

What investigations are of true clinical value?

To what extent do pre-existing medical conditions cause miscarriage?

What types of emotional support are effective in preventing or treating women or their partners after a miscarriage?

Do lifestyle factors cause miscarriage?

To what extent do genetic and chromosomal abnormalities in the foetus cause miscarriage?

What preconception tests or interventions prevent miscarriage?

What are the appropriate investigations for women after one, two or three or more miscarriages?

What male factors contribute towards the cause of miscarriage?

The research can be accessed here.

(JP/LM)

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"A new study has revealed what future miscarriage research should focus on, according to the public and health professionals."