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Research

Diagnostic accuracy of clinical examination for detection of non-cephalic presentation in late pregnancy: cross sectional analytic study

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38919.681563.4F (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:578

inconclusive

Ladies,
I feel that insufficient data is given to justify the conclusion.

A busy antenatal clinic with different grades of staff is probably
not the best place to assess sensitivity and specificity of clinical
examination with regard to foetal presentation.
May I suggest a community clinic with experienced midwives who know their
patients may have given a different result. This research seems to imply
that all women need u/s.
This data should not be applied routinely in the uk as only women with
some abnormalities routinely attend hospital antenatal clinics.
It does however raise training issues in clinical examination for
australian obstetric staff.
yours sincerely
penny price

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

06 August 2006
penny a price
nurse practitioner and antenatal teacher
primary care