The Tommy’s Clinical Decision Tool, a device for reducing the clinical impact of placental dysfunction and preterm birth: protocol for a mixed-methods early implementation evaluation study

Jenny Carter*, Dilly Anumba, Lia Brigante, Christy Burden, Tim Draycott, Siobhán Gillespie, Birte Harlev-Lam, Andrew Judge, Erik Lenguerrand, Elaine Sheehan, Basky Thilaganathan, Hannah Wilson, Cathy Winter, Maria Viner, Jane Sandall

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Abstract

Background: Disparities in stillbirth and preterm birth persist even after correction for ethnicity and social deprivation, demonstrating that there is wide geographical variation in the quality of care. To address this inequity, Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement developed the Tommy’s Clinical Decision Tool, which aims to support the provision of “the right care at the right time”, personalising risk assessment and care according to best evidence. This web-based clinical decision tool assesses the risk of preterm birth and placental dysfunction more accurately than current methods, and recommends best evidenced-based care pathways in a format accessible to both women and healthcare professionals. It also provides links to reliable sources of pregnancy information for women. The aim of this study is to evaluate implementation of Tommy’s Clinical Decision Tool in four early-adopter UK maternity services, to inform wider scale-up. Methods: The Tommy’s Clinical Decision Tool has been developed involving maternity service users and healthcare professionals in partnership. This mixed-methods study will evaluate: maternity service user and provider acceptability and experience; barriers and facilitators to implementation; reach (whether particular groups are excluded and why), fidelity (degree to which the intervention is delivered as intended), and unintended consequences. Data will be gathered over 25 months through interviews, focus groups, questionnaires and through the Tommy’s Clinical Decision Tool itself. The NASSS framework (Non-adoption or Abandonment of technology by individuals and difficulties achieving Scale-up, Spread and Sustainability) will inform data analysis. Discussion: This paper describes the intervention, Tommy’s Clinical Decision Tool, according to TiDIER guidelines, and the protocol for the early adopter implementation evaluation study. Findings will inform future scale up. Trial registration: This study was prospectively registered on the ISRCTN registry no. 13498237, on 31st January 2022.

Original languageEnglish
Article number639
JournalBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date15 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Decision support
  • eHealth
  • Implementation
  • Pregnancy
  • Preterm
  • Process evaluation
  • Risk assessment
  • Stillbirth

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