BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

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Edited By: Professor Khalid Khan

Impact Factor: 3.862

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 6/78 (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Online ISSN: 1471-0528

Journal Club Papers


The below papers have been identified by the editorial team as suitable for use in journal clubs. Every paper is accompanied by a set of questions or discussion points, designed to act as an exemplary framework for critically appraising the paper.

The questions should stimulate discussion on:

• Study design
• Analysis and interpretation of the results
• Whether clinical practice in your local hospital setting should be modified in light of the overall evidence base.

Although the papers are aimed at journal club use, the critical review frameworks may also be helpful for health care professionals preparing for oral structured clinical examinations (OSCE), oral assessments or other academic exercises. From May 2011 BJOG journal club papers have the additional feature of attached slide sets prepared by the author to summarise the paper and help you prepare for your journal club presentation.

From May 2013 the discussion points include the PICO framework to formulate a structured question.

BJOG papers are being used in our Twitter journal club, #BlueJC. To find out when the next #BlueJC is going to take place follow @BJOGTweets. A full explanation of the initiative is provided in a BJOG commentary. The following resources provide guidance on how to get involved:

A guide to the Blue Journal Club (BlueJC)

The below papers are free to access one year after publication, and those selected for #BlueJC will be free to access for three weeks. We would appreciate feedback on the resources and would love to hear from BJOG journal club participants; send us a photo from your journal club and we may post it on our social media channels! Contact the editorial team at bjog@rcog.org.uk.

Journal Club Editor: Dr Dimitrios Siassakos Journal Club Coordinator: Dr Elaine Leung

Oral antihypertensive therapy for severe hypertension in pregnancy and postpartum: a systematic review
T Firoz, LA Magee, K MacDonell, BA Payne, R Gordon, M Vidler, P von Dadelszen, and for the Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) Working Group
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12737
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (size: 180k) | Powerpoint slides |

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder in children born to mothers with thyroid dysfunction: a Danish nationwide cohort study
SL Andersen, P Laurberg, CS Wu and J Olsen
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12681
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (size: 284k) | Powerpoint Slides |

A randomised controlled trial of outpatient compared with inpatient cervical ripening with prostaglandin E2 (OPRA study)
C Wilkinson, R Bryce, P Adelson and D Turnbull
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12846
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (size: 310k) | Powerpoint slides |

Prenatal exposure to antidepressants and language competence at age three: results from a large population-based pregnancy cohort in Norway
S Skurtveit, R Selmer, C Roth, S Hernandez-Diaz and M Handal
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12821
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (size: 119k) | Powerpoint Slides |

Verification of the anatomy and newly discovered histology of the G-spot complex
A Ostrzenski, P Krajewski, P Ganjei-Azar, AJ Wasiutynski, MN Scheinberg, S Tarka and M Fudalej
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12707
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (size: 378k) |

Chewing gum in preventing postoperative ileus in women undergoing caesarean section: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
L Craciunas, MS Sajid and AS Ahmed
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12696
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (size: 1342k) | Powerpoint Slides |

Delivery by caesarean section and childhood cancer: a nationwide follow-up study in three countries
NC Momen, J Olsen, M Gissler, S Cnattingius and J Li
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12667
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 105k) | Powerpoint Slides |

The Dangers of the Day of Birth
KF Walker, AL Cohen, SH Walker, KM Allen, DL Baines, JG Thornton
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12544
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 181k) | Powerpoint Slides |

A comparison of intramuscular diamorphine and intramuscular pethidine for labour analgesia: a two-centre randomised blinded controlled trial
MYK Wee, JP Tuckey, PW Thomas, S Burnard
Vol 121, Issue 4, March 2014, Pages 447-456
Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 386k) | PowerPoint Slides |

Menstrual and fertility outcomes following the surgical management of postpartum haemorrhage: a systematic review
SK Doumouchtsis, K Nikolopoulos, VS Talaulikar, A Krishna, S Arulkumaran
Vol 121, Issue 4, March 2014, Pages 382-388
Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 136k) |

Twelve-year follow-up of conservative management of postnatal urinary and faecal incontinence and prolapse outcomes: randomised controlled trial
CMA Glazener, C MacArthur, S Hagen, A Elders, R Lancashire, GP Herbison, PD Wilson, on behalf of The ProLong Study Group†
Vol 121, Issue 1, January 2014, Pages 112-120
Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 171k) |

Maternal and perinatal consequences of antepartum haemorrhage of unknown origin
S Bhandari, EA Raja, A Shetty, S Bhattacharya
Vol 121, Issue 1, January 2014 Pages 44-52
Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 142k) |

‘What's normal? Influencing women's perceptions of normal genitalia: an experiment involving exposure to modified and nonmodified images’.
C Moran*, C Lee
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12578
Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 91k) |

Antenatal magnesium sulphate may prevent cerebral palsy in preterm infants—but are we convinced? Evaluation of an apparently conclusive meta-analysis with trial sequential analysis
LD Huusom, NJ Secher, O Pryds, K Whitfield, C Gluud, J Brok
DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02782
Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 244k) |

Angiogenic factors combined with clinical risk factors to predict preterm pre-eclampsia in nulliparous women: a predictive test accuracy study
JE Myers, LC Kenny, LME McCowan, EHY Chan, GA Dekker, L Poston, NAB Simpson, RA North, on behalf of the SCOPE consortium
Volume 120 Issue 10, September 2013, Pages 1215-1223
Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 221k) |

Hypnosis Antenatal Training for Childbirth: a randomised controlled trial
AM Cyna, CA Crowther, JS Robinson, MI Andrew, G Antoniou, P Baghurst
Volume 120 Issue 10, September 2013, Pages 1248-1259

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 176k) | PowerPoint Slides |

Randomised controlled trial comparing early home biofeedback physiotherapy with pelvic floor exercises for the treatment of third-degree tears (EBAPT Trial)
C Peirce, C Murphy, M Fitzpatrick, M Cassidy, L Daly, PR O'Connell, C O'Herlihy
Volume 120 Issue 10, September 2013, Pages 1240-1247

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 239k) | PowerPoint Slides |

Timing of administration of prophylactic antibiotics for caesarean section: a systematic review and meta-analysis
H Baaqeel, R Baaqeel
Volume 120, Issue 6, May 2013, Pages 661-669
Abstract | References | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 387k) | FREE ACCESS

Journal Club questions: Timing antibiotic prophylaxis at caesarean: Preoperatively or after cord clamping?
EYL Leunga, D Siassakosb
Volume 120 Issue 6, May 2013, Page 670

| Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 43k) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

The risk of vesicovaginal and urethrovaginal fistula after hysterectomy performed in the English National Health Service—a retrospective cohort study examining patterns of care between 2000 and 2008
P Hilton, DA Cromwell
Volume 119 Issue 12, November 2012, Pages 1447-1454

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 192k) | PowerPoint Slides |

Vacuum-assisted deliveries and the risk of obstetric anal sphincter injuries—a retrospective register-based study in Finland
S Räisänen, K Vehviläinen-Julkunen, R Cartwright, M Gissler, S Heinonen
Volume 119 Issue 11, October 2012, Pages 1370-1378

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 94k) | PowerPoint Slides |

Does regular exercise including pelvic floor muscle training prevent urinary and anal incontinence during pregnancy? A randomised controlled trial
SN Stafne, KÅ Salvesen, PR Romundstad, IH Torjusen, S Mørkved
Volume 119 Issue 10, September 2012, Pages 1270-1280

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 160k) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Elective birth at 37 weeks of gestation versus standard care for women at term: the Twins Timing of Birth Randomised Trial
FJM Dodd, CA Crowther, RR Haslam, JS Robinson for the Twins Timing of Birth Trial Group
Volume 119 Issue 8, July 2012, Pages 964-974

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 192K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Fetal loss in women with hereditary thrombophilic defects and concomitance of other thrombophilic defects: a retrospective family study
FJ Korteweg, N Folkeringa, J-LP Brouwer, JJHM Erwich, JP Holm, J van der Meer and NJGM Veeger
Volume 119 Issue 4, March 2012, Pages 422-430

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 177K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Primary surgical repair of anterior vaginal prolapse: a randomised trial comparing anatomical and functional outcome between anterior colporrhaphy and trocar-guided transobturator anterior mesh
A Vollebregt, K Fischer, D Gietelink, CH van der Vaart
Volume 118 Issue 12, November 2011, Pages 1518-1527

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 178K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

A meta-analysis of adverse perinatal outcomes in women with asthma
VE Murphy, JA Namazy, H Powell, M Schatz, C Chambers, J Attia, PG Gibson
Volume 118 Issue 11, October 2011, Pages 1314-1323

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 292K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Post-traumatic stress disorder, child abuse history, birthweight and gestational age: a prospective cohort study
JS Seng, LK Low, M Sperlich, DL Ronis, I Liberzon
Volume 118 Issue 11, October 2011, Pages 1329-1339

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 201K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Should births be centralised in higher level hospitals? Experiences from regionalised health care in Finland
E Hemminki, A Heino, M Gissler
Volume 118 Issue 10, September 2011, Pages 1186-1195

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 152K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Knowledge of adverse neonatal outcome alters clinicians’ interpretation of the intrapartum cardiotocograph
D Ayres-de-Campos, D Arteiro, C Costa-Santos, J Bernardes
Volume 118, Issue 8, July 2011, Pages 978-984

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 385K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Acupuncture for premenstrual syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
S-Y Kim, H-J Park, H Lee, H Lee
Volume 118, Issue 8, July 2011, Pages 899-915

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 111 K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Obstetric outcome in women with epilepsy: a hospital-based, retrospective study
I Borthen, MG Eide, AK Daltveit and NE Gilhus
Volume 118, Issue 8, July 2011, Pages 956-965

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 111 K) | PowerPoint Slides | FREE ACCESS

Neonatal outcomes of twins according to birth order, presentation and mode of delivery: a systematic review and meta-analysis
AC Rossi, PM Mullin and RH Chmait
Volume 118 Issue 5, April 2011, Pages 523–532

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Planned vaginal delivery or planned caesarean delivery in women with extreme obesity
CSE Homer, JJ Kurinczuk, P Spark, P Brocklehurst and M Knight
Volume 118 Issue 4, March 2011, Pages 480–487

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The effect of misoprostol on postpartum contractions: a randomised comparison of three sublingual doses
A Elati, MS Elmahaishi, MO Elmahaishi, OA Elsraiti and AD Weeks
Volume 118 Issue 4, March 2011, Pages 466–473

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A longitudinal study of patient and surgeon goal achievement 2 years after surgery following pelvic floor dysfunction surgery
S Srikrishna, D Robinson, L Cardozo
Volume 117 Issue 12, November 2010, Pages 1504 - 1511

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General obstetrics: Caesarean section surgical techniques: a randomised factorial trial (CAESAR)
The CAESAR study collaborative group
Volume 117 Issue 11, October 2010, Pages 1366 - 1376

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 172K) FREE ACCESS

Structural changes in endometrial basal glands during menstruation
R Garry, R Hart, KA Karthigasu, C Burke
Volume 117, Issue 10, Date: September 2010, Pages: 1175-1185

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Access to computerised analysis of intrapartum cardiotocographs improves clinicians’ prediction of newborn umbilical artery blood pH
A Costa, C Santos, D Ayres-de-Campos, C Costa, J Bernardes
Volume 117, Issue 10, Date: September 2010, Pages: 1288-1293

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 234K)| FREE ACCESS

Apgar score and perinatal death after one previous caesarean delivery
M Carlsson Wallin, P Ekström, K Marál, K Källén
Volume 117, Issue 9, Date: August 2010, Pages: 1088-1097

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 106K)| FREE ACCESS

The cost-effectiveness of targeted or universal screening for vasa praevia at 18–20 weeks of gestation in Ontario
LE Cipriano, WH Barth Jr, GS Zaric
Volume 117, Issue 9, Date: August 2010, Pages: 1108-1118

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 296K) FREE ACCESS

Expedited partner therapy for Chlamydia trachomatis at the community pharmacy
ST Cameron, A Glasier, A Muir, G Scott, A Johnstone, H Quarrell, C Oroz, M McIntyre, D Miranda, G Todd
Volume 117, Issue 9, Date: August 2010, Pages: 1074-1079

Abstract  |  References  | Full Text: HTML PDF (Size: 85K) FREE ACCESS

Randomised trial of structured antenatal training sessions to improve the birth process
RD Maimburg, M Væth, J Dürr, L Hvidman, J Olsen
Volume 117, Issue 8, Date: July 2010, Pages: 921-928

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Super-obesity and risk for early and late pre-eclampsia
AK Mbah, JL Kornosky, S Kristensen, EM August, AP Alio, PJ Marty, V Belogolovkin, K Bruder, HM Salihu
Volume 117, Issue 8, Date: July 2010, Pages: 997-1004

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Uterine rupture after previous caesarean section
I Al-Zirqi, B Stray-Pedersen, L Forsén, S Vangen
Volume 117, Issue 7, Date: June 2010, Pages: 809-820

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Uterine blood flow in pregnant patients with polycystic ovary syndrome: relationships with clinical outcomes
S Palomba, A Falbo, T Russo, L Battista, A Tolino, F Orio, F Zullo
Volume 117, Issue 6, Date: May 2010, Pages: 711-721

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Laparoscopic assisted radical vaginal hysterectomy versus radical abdominal hysterectomy—a randomised phase II trial: perioperative outcomes and surgicopathological measurements
R Naik, KS Jackson, A Lopes, P Cross, JA Henry
Volume 117, Issue 6, Date: May 2010, Pages: 746-751

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Vaginal birth after caesarean for women with three or more prior caesareans: assessing safety and success
AG Cahill, M Tuuli, AO Odibo, DM Stamilio, GA Macones
Volume 117, Issue 4, Date: March 2010, Pages: 422-427

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Age at menarche and the risk of operative first delivery
GCS Smith
Volume 116, Issue 12, Date: November 2009, Pages: 1613-1621

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The right to remain silent: a qualitative study of the medical and social ramifications of pregnancy disclosure for Gambian women
E Stokes, I Dumbaya, S Owens, L Brabin
Volume 116, Issue 12, Date: November 2009, Pages: 1613-1621

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Evidence of early first-trimester growth restriction in pregnancies that subsequently end in miscarriage
F Mukri, T Bourne, C Bottomley, C Schoeb, E Kirk, AT Papageorghiou
Volume 115, Issue 10, Date: September 2008, Pages: 1273-1278

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Early postpartum symptoms in puerperal psychosis
J Heron, M McGuinness, E Robertson Blackmore, N Craddock, I Jones
Volume 115, Issue 3, Date: February 2008, Pages: 348-353

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Severe asphyxia due to delivery-related malpractice in Sweden 1990–2005
S Berglund, C Grunewald, H Pettersson, S Cnattingius
Volume 115, Issue 3, Date: February 2008, Pages: 316-323

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The effect of early versus delayed postcaesarean feeding on women's satisfaction: a randomised controlled trial
GH Izbizky, L Minig, MA Sebastiani, L Otaño
Volume 115, Issue 3, Date: February 2008, Pages: 332-338

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