The Norwegian WHO LCG trial aims to uncover the impact of the LCG on labor interventions, maternal and newborn outcomes, and the childbirth experience, all tailored to Norway's unique healthcare system.
Through the robustly designed Norwegian WHO Labour Care Guide trial, we will investigate the effect of the labour care guide (LCG), developed and released by the WHO in 2020.
The overall aim of the trial is to test the effect of the LGC on labour interventions and maternal and neonatal outcomes compared to the current WHO partograph, used across labour units in Norway.
The study will enable an implementation of the LCG after investigating its' effect, benefitting women, health workers and the society at large and will secure that women in Norway are monitored and cared for according to state-of-the-art and best practice.
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The WHO Labour Care Guide (LCG), was introduced as the recommended tool to assess labour progression and monitoring labour in 2020. Childbirth, a miraculous journey, a situation that demands careful monitoring and support.
The traditional labour monitoring tool, the WHO partograph, has served us well, but the partograph has its limitations. It could alert healthcare providers too late, leading to avoidable complications but also cause unnecessary interventions too soon.
The aim of the LCG is to guide healthcare providers to navigate the intricacies of labor and delivery with precision. However, the effect in high-income countries such as Norway, is yet unknown, and it has not been tested in robust research trials.
The Norwegian WHO LCG trial is an upcoming project that aims to uncover the impact of the LCG on labor interventions, maternal and newborn outcomes, and the childbirth experience, all tailored to Norway's unique healthcare system.
The trial is important, to make sure that the LCG is the right tool to roll out and to be used in high-income settings. It is important to ensure that it is supported by robust evidence, and this trial will be the cornerstone of our decision-making process.
The trial will reveal if the LCG can improve labor and delivery care with better decision-making, fewer complications, and an overall enhanced birthing experience, considering the psychological aspect of childbirth, making sure women feel empowered and informed throughout the process.
The trial is a journey toward safer, more personalized, and more empowering births.
- Oslo Centre for Biostatistics & Epidemiology (OCBE), Oslo University Hospital
- Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål and Rikshospitalet
- Haukeland University Hospital
- Akershus University Hospital
- Østfold Hospital Trust
- Stavanger University Hospital
- St. Olav's Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital
- the University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø
- Vestre Viken Hospital Trust
- Sørlandet Hospital Trust