Swedish obstetric routines changed after criticized study: Too soon?

2020-03-03

Decisions to induce prolonged pregnancies in week 41 instead of 42 were made in two Swedish healthcare regions as a result of the Swepis study. Now, the study is facing criticism. External researchers are critical to conclusions  drawn by the authors and that clinical routines have changed before the study has been reviewed in its entirety. 

Jennifer Drevin and Mats G. Hansson, both researchers at Uppsala University's Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB), write that there were scientific flaws and ethical considerations to be made in the highly publicised Swepis study.

“We are critical of the conclusion drawn, how the results were communicated, and of the changes made in clinical practice, before the results were critically examined in its entirety” says Jennifer Drevin, postdoc at CRB with a PhD in reproductive health.

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