The Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at UCL


Intelligent Fetal Monitoring Study

Infant Strip

General Summary

Funded by the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology assessment (NIHR HTA), the INFANT STUDY is a multi-centre randomised controlled study to compare the effect of a computer based 'intelligent' system to support decision making in the management of labour using the cardiotocogram (CTG) by clinicians (midwives and doctors) versus review by clinicians (midwives and doctors) with no computer based decision support in women who require continuous CTG monitoring of their labour.

The composite primary outcome for the study is mortality and significant morbidity (neonatal encephalopathy and any admissions to NICU within 48 hours of birth for ≥ 48 hours). Secondary outcomes include length of labour, length of hospital stays for mothers and their babies, and health service utilisation.

The study will recruit 46,000 women from approximately 23 centres in the UK and Ireland over 3½ years.

Useful links:

Contact Details

INFANT Co-ordinating Office

Clinical Trials Unit

University College London

Gower Street

London, WC1E 6BT

tel: 0207 6790874; email: infant@ucl.ac.uk