Rapid review of maternal health recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by WHO on 11 March 2020. There is some uncertainty regarding the implications of COVID-19 for pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Health systems worldwide are also under increasing strain preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 crisis, and the appropriate approach to ensure good-quality maternity healthcare remains an important public health priority.

Burnet Institute conducted a rapid review of national and international guidance for managing women in pregnancy or giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes clinical guidelines regarding treatment of pregnant women with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, as well as health system guidance that directly impacts maternal health services.

To-date, we have identified the below list of guidelines as eligible for this review. The collated database is available online (see below) and will be kept up-to-date. It will be expanded as further guidelines are added and synthesis completed.

The intent of this database is to take a comprehensive approach to identifying guidance documents, and capture the broad spectrum of recommendations currently being published. Consequently, this list is inclusive of guidance from a wide range of sources.

Accordingly, the inclusion of a document in the database should not be considered an endorsement of its contents. Consideration should be given to the appropriateness and credibility of specific recommendations before using them in clinical practice.

To download an up-to-date list of GUIDELINES in an Excel spreadsheet, click on the button below.

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Preliminary results

We are preparing tables on a “per-intervention” basis, whereby individual recommendations across all guidelines for a specific intervention are assembled together. This allows the reader to compare guidance for a single intervention. As noted above, the inclusion of a recommendation from this database should not be considered an endorsement.

To download an up-to-date list of RESULTS in an Excel spreadsheet, click on the button below.

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If you would like to nominate a guideline for inclusion or provide any other comments relevant to this review, please do so here.