Pre-eclampsia is a common condition affecting pregnancy. If left untreated, it can lead to life threatening complications, for pregnant women and their babies.
Research studies testing new treatments for pre-eclampsia often measure different outcomes. For example, when a new blood pressure medicine is being tested, one researcher may decide to measure the fall in blood pressure (a outcome) and another researcher may only measure medicine side effects (a different outcome). When complete, the results from both studies cannot be easily compared or combined, to see which treatments work best.
This is a barrier to improving the care women and their children receive.
The aim of the study is to overcome this barrier, by developing a core set of mother and baby outcomes that would be common to all future pre-eclampsia research.
Anyone with experience of pre-eclampsia, either as a pregnant woman, family member, healthcare professional or researcher, can help, by becoming a citizen scientist.