Liggins Institute Inaugural Lectures: Professor Caroline Crowther - Best evidence, best care for mothers and babies Event as iCalendar

11 November 2013

5:30 - 7pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-007, Ground Floor, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton

Professor Crowther believes that mothers and babies deserve clinical care that is based on the best research evidence available. Importantly, this evidence must be accessible to all those involved in making healthcare decisions: the women and their families, health professionals and policy makers. A maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist, her focus incudes research synthesis: the systematic, unbiased review and assessment of all that is already known on a specific topic related to pregnancy and childbirth. This work is crucial for identifying information gaps and so prioritising further research; and ensuring that the knowledge base is continuously updated as new evidence is generated. While advocating for global research collaborations, she emphasises that applications must fit local situations, identifying the interface with the woman and her family as critical. β€œTo make a meaningful difference, health information has to be applicable, acceptable – and adopted. Our challenge in maternal and perinatal health is to ensure care for women and their babies is based on sound evidence and that this information is used, so all can receive the best care possible, she says.” Caroline Crowther is Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health at the Liggins Institute . She has extensive experience in evidence based health care and has conducted many systematic reviews and multicentre trials. These have evaluated new maternal and perinatal therapies especially prior to preterm birth, such as antenatal corticosteroids, progesterone and magnesium sulphate; care practices including mode of birth after a previous caesarean, and treatment for women with gestational diabetes.

Hospitality from 5.30pm: Liggins Institute foyer, Ground floor, building 505 , Lecture begins 6pm: Lecture Theatre 505-007

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