State-wide implementation of cervical length screening for the prevention of preterm birth

Michelle Pedretti

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Abstract

This thesis reviews the potential for population-based transabdominal cervical length screening as a component of preterm birth prevention. It focuses on implementation of universal cervical length screening, reviewing perceptions of healthcare providers and women to this technique (both the transabdominal and transvaginal approach). The performance characteristics of routine transabdominal cervical length measurement as a component of the routine mid-pregnancy obstetric ultrasound were assessed. The potential implementation hurdles, including the measurement approach and ultrasound imaging criteria, for population-based cervical length screening were investigated. These data demonstrate transabdominal cervical length screening detects 96% of women with a short transvaginal cervical length.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Dickinson, Jan, Supervisor
  • Doherty, Dorota, Supervisor
  • Joyce, Sarah, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date26 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022

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