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Take part in a survey to find out which outcomes are most important when women undergo induction of labour

Take part in a three-stage Delphi survey to find out which outcomes are deemed most important when women undergo induction of labour.

Francois Santos is a junior doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. He is conducting a three-stage survey using the Delphi technique to understand which outcomes are deemed important when women undergo induction of labour. For example; having their baby within 24 hours after induction; the condition of the baby during the induction process; or satisfaction with the procedure. The aim is to rank these outcomes so that any future research studies on induction of labour report the most relevant ones.

Dr Santos is looking for around 30 women to take part in all three stages to give the patient/public perspective. This will be as an electronic survey that will be sent via email and can be done at home – three separate surveys over a three month period. There will be a similar number of Obstetricians, Midwives and Neonatologists also completing the three rounds.

How it works

  1. The survey is sent to different groups (including patient representatives, Obstetricians, Midwives and Neonatologists).
  2. The responses are collected and shared with participants and the survey of the same questions is sent for a second time. Individuals are then free to change their initial responses in this round according to what others have selected.
  3. The responses are collected again and shared with participants and the survey of the same questions will be shared for a final time. Individuals are, again, free to change their initial responses according to what others have said.
  4. The responses will by this stage have narrowed down a consensus view.


Views given will be based on opinion and no specialist knowledge will be needed. Women of any age can be part of this study and there is no need to have had first-hand experience of induction of labour.

What support can you expect?

Dr Santos is happy to arrange a telephone call or answer questions on email on anything that isn’t clear.

How will you know what the outcome of this round of surveys is?

The ranking of outcomes that are shown as most important will be reported back to you once the survey process has been completed with information on how this will help research in the future.

More information

Francois’ project is being supervised by Professor Shakila Thangaratinam, Women’s Health Research Unit, Queen Mary’s University of London and by Mr Matthew Hogg, Labour Ward Lead at The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.

See the Abstract for this work on the COMET website.

Take part in the survey

If you would like to take part, please express your interest to mmiles@rcog.org.uk.