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Q In pregnant women, is urinalysis at the point of care accurate for detecting proteinuria?
Clinical impact ratings FP/GP/Obstetrics ★★★★★★☆ Obstetrics ★★★★★☆☆
Medline and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1970 to Feb 2002); Cochrane Library; hand searches of British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology; reference lists; and contact with experts and manufacturers of urinalysis equipment.
Study selection and assessment:
cross-sectional studies that compared a point of care test with a laboratory assay for urine protein in pregnant women. Studies were rated for quality by using a published hierarchy of evidence (level 1 = highest quality).
diagnostic accuracy (summary likelihood ratios).
7 studies (1841 pregnant women) met the …
For correspondence: Dr M Kilby, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Edgbaston, UK.
Source of funding: not stated