Three final year students, Kate Prusova, Alice Tyler and Louisa Churcher, have published an analysis of the RCOG’s Green-top guidelines in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (view here), with Miss Amali Lokugamage, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Whittington Hospital. The students were linked with Miss Lokugamage through the UCL AcaMedics Committee due to their interest in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a desire to involve themselves in research, and have been working with her on the paper and submissions for the last two years.
The students have enjoyed joining the evidence-based medicine debate in writing the paper, which both examines the lack of high quality evidence underpinning current guidelines and discusses whether it is useful to grade evidence in such a way, particularly in a field that poses so many ethical and practical obstacles to conducting randomised controlled trials. “It has been interesting to examine what the guidelines we follow are based upon, has taught us valuable lessons in the process of article submission and peer review, and we have had unwavering support and practical advice throughout from Miss Lokugamage, whose passion for the on-going discussion surrounding evidence-based medicine has spurred us on. We are all delighted to have finally reached the publication stage!”