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Obstetric practice guidelines: labor's love lost?

Cohen WR, Friedman EA. Obstetric practice guidelines: labor's love lost? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019;32(9):1567-1570. doi:10.1080/14767058.2017.1406474.

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June 5, 2019
Cohen WR, Friedman EA. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019;32(9):1567-1570.

Guidelines play an important role in enhancing safety and reliability, but they must be rigorously evidence-based, followed, and applied. This commentary suggests that overconfidence in the guideline development process can result in reliance on recommendations that misinform practice and contribute to patient harm. As an example, the authors discuss the wide adoption of a guideline to address the cesarean delivery rate that omitted important clinical prognosticators.

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Cohen WR, Friedman EA. Obstetric practice guidelines: labor's love lost? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019;32(9):1567-1570. doi:10.1080/14767058.2017.1406474.