The study, shared today, followed over 20,000 pregnant women from July 2016 – December 2020 using either the standard NICE screening or this brand new technology developed by the Tommy’s funded team.
Researchers found significant inequalities in pregnancy outcomes for mums from ethnic minority backgrounds when the standard screening was used – 7.95 deaths per 1,000 births compared to 2.63 per 1,000 births among White mums. However, this racial disparity was equalised when the new screening tool was used alongside targeted care, reducing the number of stillbirth and pregnancy losses by 60%. For mums with hypertensive issues (such as high blood pressure), or babies born small for their gestational age, the number of losses fell by 73%. For those with placenta problems, 3 in 4 losses were avoided thanks to timely specialist care.
Based on these promising results, this new digital screening tool is now currently being piloted at 3 sites across the UK. With this additional data, the team will be able to further evaluate the tool and work out what else needs to be done if it is rolled out on a national scale.