Top 10 Most Read in June: induction of labour and adverse outcomes

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Only one new paper has entered the top 10 most read papers in June 2021, claiming the top spot for the month. Overall, readership remains high for the papers we highlighted in last month’s top 10 list, with COVID-19 remaining a prominent topic of interest to readers.

Induction of labour for non-medical reasons associated with adverse outcomes

In their new article, Dahlen et al. explored outcomes for mothers and children in a large Australian cohort of over 474,000 births. They compared induction of labour versus spontaneous labour in uncomplicated pregnancies. The authors found that the rate of induced labour with no medical indication tripled at some gestational ages between 2001 and 2016. They also observed higher rates of epidural/spinal analgesia, caesarian section, instrumental birth, episiotomy, and postpartum haemorrhage in induced labour patients than in women with spontaneous births. There were no benefits of labour induction for neonates, at any term gestation of labour onset. The authors conclude that induction of labour is associated with adverse outcomes where women who do not have a medical indication that necessitates induction.

Here is the full list of most read papers in BMJ Open during June 2021:

Rank* Author(s) Title
1. Dahlen et al. Intrapartum interventions and outcomes for women and children following induction of labour at term in uncomplicated pregnancies: a 16-year population-based linked data study
2. Li et al. Impact of COVID-19 on female fertility: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
3. Houben et al. Cohort profile: the PHARMO Perinatal Research Network (PPRN) in the Netherlands: a population-based mother–child linked cohort
4. Espiritu et al.
5. Gadermann et al.
6. Dost et al. Perceptions of medical students towards online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic: a national cross-sectional survey of 2721 UK medical students
7. Dennis et al. Multiorgan impairment in low-risk individuals with post-COVID-19 syndrome: a prospective, community-based study
8. Jia et al. Mental health in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-sectional analyses from a community cohort study
9. McAloon et al. Incubation period of COVID-19: a rapid systematic review and meta-analysis of observational research
10. Solomon et al. Prescription medications for sleep disturbances among midlife women during 2 years of follow-up: a SWAN retrospective cohort study


*Most read figures are based on pdf downloads and full text views. Abstract views are excluded.

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