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Table 3 For the public vote: top 10 research questions by type of voter (those in italics cells were in the top 10 for one type of voter only)

From: Top research priorities for preterm birth: results of a prioritisation partnership between people affected by preterm birth and healthcare professionals

Type of respondent for public vote
 Service userHealth professionalService user & health professional
1Which treatments (including diagnostic tests) are most effective to predict or prevent preterm birth?Which treatments (including diagnostic tests) are most effective to predict or prevent preterm birth?Which treatments (including diagnostic tests) are most effective to predict or prevent preterm birth?
2What treatments can predict reliably the likelihood of subsequent infants being preterm?What is the optimum milk feeding regimen, for preterm infants, including quantity and speed of feeding and use of donor and formula milks?What is the optimum milk feeding regimen, for preterm infants, including quantity and speed of feeding and use of donor and formula milks?
3How do stress, trauma and physical workload contribute to the risk of preterm birth, are there effective ways to reduce those risks and does modifying those risks alter outcome?Which treatments are most effective to prevent necrotising enterocolitis in preterm infants?How do stress, trauma and physical workload contribute to the risk of preterm birth, are there effective ways to reduce those risks and does modifying those risks alter outcome?
4What should be included in packages of care to support parents and families / carers when a premature baby is discharged from hospital?Which treatments are most effective to prevent pre-eclampsia (for example, progesterone, calcium, garlic etc)?aWhat should be included in packages of care to support parents and families / carers when a premature baby is discharged from hospital?
5What is the optimum milk feeding regimen, for preterm infants, including quantity and speed of feeding and use of donor and formula milks?Which treatments are effective in preventing spontaneous preterm birth in women with twin and triplet pregnancies, especially in those at high risk of preterm birth?aWhat type of support is most effective at improving breastfeeding in NICU / SCBU / feeding clinics?
6Which treatments are most effective to prevent pre-eclampsia (for example, progesterone, calcium, garlic etc)?What methods are most effective to predict risk of preterm birth in order to allocate service provision?aWhat treatments can predict reliably the likelihood of subsequent infants being preterm?b
7How can infection in preterm infants be better prevented?dIs routine transvaginal scanning during pregnancy to detect short cervical length, and treatment, cost effective?aIs screening in the first trimester effective to help prevent preterm birth?b
8Can screening of the placenta be effective to detect placenta abnormalities associated with preterm birth?dIs screening in the first trimester effective to help prevent preterm birth?cWhich treatments are most effective to prevent pre-eclampsia (for example, progesterone, calcium, garlic etc)?
9What is the best way to judge whether a baby is feeling pain (for example, by their face, behaviours or brain activities)?Does screening and treatment for Group B Streptococcus help to prevent preterm birth and neonatal morbidity and mortality?cDo preterm babies have better outcomes if their parents have roomed in?
10Is screening in the first trimester effective to help prevent preterm birth?What is the best time to clamp the umbilical cord for preterm babies?How can infection in preterm infants be better prevented?
  1. a, b, c, d these questions had the same number of votes within this type of voter category