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Cross-sectional Survey to Explore the Process of Care During Induction of Labour in a Sample of Units in the UK.

Leads: Prof Sara Kenyon, Dr Beck Taylor (Maternity), Dr Laura Quinn (Meths)

Throughout the project, the team are working in partnership with public contributors linked to ARC WM's Maternity theme.

Dates: Summer/autumn 2021 - mid 2022


The numbers of women undergoing induction of labour (IOL) is steadily increasing with current estimates suggesting that overall 33% of women in England underwent induction of labour in 2019 to 2020 from 20% of all births in 2007 to 2008. The increasing number of women undergoing IOL presents an escalating logistical problem for maternity services. This survey is part of work being undertaken by the Maternity Theme of the ARC WM to explore the nature and extent of the logistical problems present in the process of IOL in clinical practice. It will be undertaken through the UK Audit and Research Collaborative in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UKARCOG), which was established in 2014. It is a network of trainee / junior doctors that work jointly on large audit and research projects in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) throughout the UK. Their overall objectives are to engage the network of UK trainees to undertake audit and research projects; improve healthcare service locally and nationally; perform joint nationwide audit and research projects and through the completion and publication of their audit and research projects, they aim to improve medical practice and thus the quality of women’s health care.

Policy and Practice Partners:

UK Audit and Research Collaborative in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UKARCOG).

Co-Funding Partners:


Aims and Objectives:

The aim of this study is to explore the process of care during induction of labour in a sample of UK maternity units. This will involve:

  • Administration of a questionnaire to maternity units who are part of the UKARCOG network.
  • The questionnaire includes the following information:
  • The number of births, induction rate and type of maternity unit to enable exploration of the characteristics of the maternity units who take part.
  • Within each maternity unit we will request information regarding the background clinical and operational systems, whether they offer outpatient induction, where the induction takes place and whether there are delays in the pathway.


A cross-sectional study using questionnaires containing both open and closed questions.

Main Results:

Survey underway September 2021-December 2021. If you are interested in completing the survey please contact Mike Rimmer (UKARCOG Lead) email?



Implications for Implementation:

This will explore the extent of the logistical problems present in the process of IOL in clinical practice and potentially inform an application for funding to improve the pathway

Fri 15 Jan 2021, 12:00 | Tags: Sara Kenyon Maternity Beck Taylor Methodology Laura Quinn