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

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:578

What does this study add?

This study adds nothing to evidence on which to base antenatal care,
other than the Austrailian practitioners involved need to improve their
palpation skills. It is not relevant in the UK where the majority of
abdominal palpations are carried out by highly trained and experienced
community midwives. In addition, I would question the merit of adding yet
another costly, 'routine' scan to those already offered, which have
significant limitations in themselves, further medicalising otherwise
normal pregnancies.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 August 2006
Elizabeth Collins
Student Midwife
North Hampshire Hospital