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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

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BUITRAGO-GUTIERREZ, Giancarlo et al. Clinical practice guidelines for approaching pregnancy-associated hypertensive complications. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2013, vol.64, n.3, pp.289-326. ISSN 0034-7434.

Objective: To provide care recommendations for hypertensive complications during pregnancy as part of the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for the prevention, early detection and treatment of pregnancy-associated complications in Colombia. Materials and methods: The developer group worked on these CPG during 2011-2012 following the Methodological Guidelines for the development of Comprehensive Care Guidelines under the Colombian General Social Security System. The work was based on the scientific evidence available, and was conducted with the active participation of patient groups, scientific societies and stakeholders. In particular, the evidence for this section was adapted from the CPG on “Hypertension in pregnancy: the management of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy” (National Institute of Care and Health Excellence - NICE - 2010) and updated using systematic procedures both for the search and assessment of the evidence as well as for developing the recommendations. The level of evidence and the power of the recommendations were expressed using the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network system (SIGN). Results: Recommendations for care of hypertensive complications of pregnancy are presented. They include changes in the behavior of healthcare staff and institutions in order to enhance the probability of achieving a successful outcome for the mother and the newborn in pregnancies affected by these conditions. Conclusions: We present a summarized version of the recommendations and evidence for this section, with the expectation that they are adopted by healthcare practitioners in charge of pregnancy care in Colombia in order to reduce pregnancyrelated morbidity and mortality.

Keywords : Hypertension; pregnancy induced; clinical practice guidelines; evidence-based practice; prenatal care; Colombia.

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