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Letters Electronic fetal monitoring debate

Electronic fetal heart rate monitoring: we need new research approaches

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 14 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k658
  1. Susan Bewley, professor of women’s health1,
  2. Alain Braillon, senior consultant2
  1. 1King’s College London, London, UK
  2. 2University Hospital, 80000 Amiens, France
  1. susan.bewley{at}

We commend The BMJ for the timely head to head debate on electronic fetal heart monitoring,1 in which the doctors supporting monitoring seem to cherry pick evidence, and the principal investigator of many great obstetric trials (including INFANT, a randomised controlled trial of 47 062 women undergoing continuous electronic fetal heart rate monitoring) explains the uncertainties.

Cochrane, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have all said that no evidence …

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