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OPTI-Prem: Optimising Neonatal Service Provision for Preterm Babies Born Between 27 and 31 Weeks of Gestation in England (OPTI-Prem)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02994849
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : December 16, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 18, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

Brief Summary:

Premature babies, born several weeks before their due date, are often very ill in the first weeks and months of life, compared with those born at full term. Because babies' brains and bodies are still developing at this time, early birth puts them at increased risk of later problems with health and development. It is important to do everything possible to try to improve the overall health of these children. Not only will this help children and families, but it will also help to understand the correct amount and type of care they will need from the NHS in the future. At present, England has three types of neonatal units: Neonatal Intensive care units (NICUs) that can care for the most sick and most premature babies, Local Neonatal Units (LNUs) that generally care for slightly less sick babies, and Special Care baby units (SCBU) that care for larger premature babies who are generally well, but need time to grow and develop before going home.

For those premature babies born between 27 and 31 weeks of pregnancy, there is no information on whether they benefit from being looked after in one type of unit or another. At present there is no guidance, so these babies may be looked after in either LNUs or NICUs. Babies who are born at this stage of pregnancy cannot be looked after in a SCBU and sometimes need to be moved after birth to either a NICU or LNU. There are 84 LNUs and 45 NICUs in England. In 2014, about half of these babies were cared for in a NICU and half in a LNU. There is the need to know whether babies born between 27 and 31 weeks are best cared for in a NICU or LNU or if it does not matter.

The main things that control where a baby is born are where the mother has her antenatal care, and where there is a cot available for the baby. A mother may have antenatal care in a hospital that has a NICU, LNU or SCBU. Because it is difficult to predict which mother is going to have her baby early, she cannot be directed, at the time of her choosing her hospital for antenatal care, where to go to for care. There is uncertainty before birth which baby is likely to require intensive care, but usually the less mature babies need more intensive care.

In this study to find out where it is best to care for babies born at 27-31 weeks of pregnancy, the study will look at which type of unit: a) leads to the best outcome for babies born at each week of pregnancy in this range; b) is most cost-effective for families and the NHS and c) best considers views and needs of parents and staff caring for babies.

Condition or disease
Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities

Detailed Description:

Mixed methods, longitudinal study; 5 work streams, supported by a Parent Advisory Panel:

Work stream 1:Clinical Outcomes Study Using routinely collected data from the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD) for babies born at 27-31 weeks of gestation, admitted to neonatal units in England 01/01/14-31/12/17.Estimates of differences in mortality and specified morbidities between babies cared for in LNUs and NICUs will be obtained Data will be linked to Hospital Episode Statistics (morbidity) and ONS(mortality) up to 1 year of age for longer term outcomes.

Work stream 2:Types of clinical care provided Using NNRD, data from a unit questionnaire (01/01/017-31/12/2017), and review of guidelines from neonatal units, variation in clinical practice in 6 areas will be examined: medical/nurse staffing; policies/practice re respiratory support; infection control, feeding and developmental care, discharge and length of stay. Where appropriate, outcomes (mortality, chronic lung disease, central line sepsis, receipt of breastmilk on discharge and length of stay in hospital) by week of gestational age, will be analysed between units with similar practices.

Work stream 3:Economic analysis A cost-effectiveness study comparing costs and outcomes of LNU versus NICU will be conducted.

Work stream 4:Ethnographic study with a representative group of parents and clinicians Observations and interviews will be used to explore factors parents think should guide decision making about place of care and how it happens in practice; clinicians' perspectives/practices on decision making and place of care; impact on parents/families of these decisions and subsequent change in care location; and how parents can best be supported at this time. 40 cases from 2 networks [20 real-time, 20 retrospective] will be studied.

Workstream 5:

Once the results of the 4 work streams are analysed, and conclusions reached, a working group will be set up in collaboration with BAPM to develop recommendations to be made available for health service delivery planning.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 4364 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Other
Official Title: OPTI-Prem: Optimising Neonatal Service Provision for Preterm Babies Born Between 27 and 31 Weeks of Gestation in England Using National Data, Qualitative Research and Economic Analysis
Actual Study Start Date : July 19, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2021

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Survival [ Time Frame: 1 year of age ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 1 Year   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
preterm babies born at 27-31 weeks

Inclusion Criteria:

  • preterm babies born at 27-31 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02994849

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United Kingdom
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, WV10 0QP
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
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Principal Investigator: Tilly Pillay The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust Identifier: NCT02994849    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2016NEO87
First Posted: December 16, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2020
Last Verified: January 2020
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Infant, Newborn, Diseases