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Guidelines for Pregnancy Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Conundrum

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Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Geneva University Hospital, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland
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School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2031, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8277; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218277
Received: 6 October 2020 / Revised: 2 November 2020 / Accepted: 6 November 2020 / Published: 9 November 2020
Pregnant women seem to be at risk for developing complications from COVID-19. Given the limited knowledge about the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy, management guidelines are fundamental. Our aim was to examine the obstetrics guidelines released from December 2019 to April 2020 to compare their recommendations and to assess how useful they could be to maternal health workers. We reviewed 11 guidelines on obstetrics management, assessing four domains: (1) timeliness: the time between the declaration of pandemics by WHO and a guideline release and update; (2) accessibility: the readiness to access a guideline by searching it on a common browser; (3) completeness: the amount of foundational topics covered; and (4) consistency: the agreement among different guidelines. In terms of timeliness, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) was the first organization to release their recommendation. Only four guidelines were accessible with one click, while only 6/11 guidelines covered more than 80% of the 30 foundational topics we identified. For consistency, the study highlights the existence of 10 points of conflict among the recommendations. The present research revealed a lack of uniformity and consistency, resulting in potentially challenging decisions for healthcare providers. View Full-Text
Keywords: antenatal care; intrapartum care; postnatal care; COVID-19; Sars-CoV-2; pandemic; obstetrics guidelines; public health antenatal care; intrapartum care; postnatal care; COVID-19; Sars-CoV-2; pandemic; obstetrics guidelines; public health
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Benski, C.; Di Filippo, D.; Taraschi, G.; Reich, M.R. Guidelines for Pregnancy Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Conundrum. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8277. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218277

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Benski C, Di Filippo D, Taraschi G, Reich MR. Guidelines for Pregnancy Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Conundrum. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8277. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218277

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Benski, Caroline; Di Filippo, Daria; Taraschi, Gianmarco; Reich, Michael R. 2020. "Guidelines for Pregnancy Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Conundrum" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 21: 8277. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218277

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