The development of a standard training toolkit for research studies that recruit pregnant women in labour
1 School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
2 National Institute for Health Research Pan Birmingham Cancer Research Network, Old Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK
3 National Institute for Health Research Birmingham and the Black Country Comprehensive Local Research Network, Institute of Research and Development, Birmingham Research Park, Birmingham B15 2SQ, UK
Trials 2013, 14:362 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-362Published: 30 October 2013
Recruitment of pregnant women in labour to clinical trials poses particular challenges. Interpretation of regulation lacks consistency or clarity and variation occurs as to the training required by clinicians to safely contribute to the conduct of intrapartum studies. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Intrapartum Clinical Study Group initiated the development of a pragmatic, proportionate and standardised toolkit for training clinical staff that complies with both regulatory and clinician requirements and has been peer-reviewed. This approach may be useful to researchers in acute care settings that necessitate the integration of research, routine clinical practice and compliance with regulation.