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Optimising the care and outcomes for women with severe postpartum anaemia

48 months
Approved budget:
Ms Esther Calje
Professor Katie Groom
Professor Frank Bloomfield
Dr Charlotte Oyston
Dr Joy Marriott
Dr Lesley Dixon
Health issue:
Obstetric complications/perinatal care
Proposal type:
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Lay summary
Traditionally blood transfusions have been the standard treatment for severe postpartum anaemia. Recently, intravenous iron has become a widely used alternative. However, little is known on the comparative effectiveness of these two treatments, and in particular on more pregnancy specific outcomes of fatigue, depression and breastfeeding. A series of studies to assess the feasibility of undertaking a large multicentre randomised trial to answer this question is planned. This will include an observational study of current practice in New Zealand, surveys of women and clinicians’ views, and a pilot randomised trial. The overall objective is to improve health outcomes for postnatal women with severe anaemia.