Blood pressure and urinalysis are often omitted in women who have suffered pre-eclampsia at their six-week postnatal check

BJOG. 2004 Jun;111(6):623-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2004.00136.x.


Women with pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia were visited between six weeks and three months postpartum and were asked to recall if they had their blood pressure and urine tested at their six-week postnatal check. Of 257 audit participants across 21 maternity units in the United Kingdom over the period 1st June 2001 to 31st May 2002, 93% (n= 238) recalled having had their blood pressure taken and 28% (n = 73) recalled having had their urine tested. A significant proportion of women were not being screened for unresolved pre-eclampsia at their six-week routine postnatal examination.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure / physiology*
  • Blood Pressure Determination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Medical Audit
  • Postnatal Care / methods*
  • Pre-Eclampsia / diagnosis*
  • Pre-Eclampsia / physiopathology
  • Pre-Eclampsia / urine
  • Pregnancy
  • Urinalysis / statistics & numerical data*