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Early Pregnancy Assessment Units

Edey, Katharine MRCOG; Draycott, Tim MD, MRCOG; Akande, Valentine PhD, MRCOG

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3180305ef4
First Trimester Pregnancy Complications

The advent of a 1-stop approach to managing women with early pregnancy problems led to the development of early pregnancy clinics. Such clinics progressed to providing a patient centered approach, minimising inpatient admissions while providing women with an early diagnosis of miscarriage or extrauterine pregnancy by a multiprofessional group of individuals with expertise in this area. The clinic structure, referral process, and ongoing challenges are discussed.

Author Information

Department of Women's Health, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, United Kingdom

Correspondence: Tim Draycott, MD, Department of Women's Health, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK. E-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.