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Table 2 Included Studies

From: Methods of induction of labour: a systematic review

Author Year Indication Study Design SR Final Search Date Study Quality
Kelly[14] 2009 Vaginal Prostaglandins SR, MA May 2009 High
Boulvain[15] 2009 Cervical Prostaglandins SR, MA August 2007 High
Alfirevic[16] 2010 Intravenous oxytocin SR, MA January 2009 High
Kunt[17] 2010 Intravenous oxytocin RCT   Medium
Bricker[18] 2009 Amniotomy SR, MA January 2007 High
Howarth[19] 2009 Intravenous oxytocin plus amniotomy SR, MA September 2009 High
Hofmeyr[20] 2010 Vaginal misoprostol SR, MA April 2010 High
Alfirevic[21] 2008 Oral misoprostol SR, MA May 2008 High
Gaffaney[22] 2009 Oral misoprostol RCT   High
Nagpal[23] 2009 Oral misoprostol RCT   High
Muzonzini[24] 2009 Buccal misoprostol SR, MA December 2003 High
Bartusevicius[25] 2005 Buccal misoprostol SR 2004 High
Souza[26] 2008 Buccal misoprostol SR February 2008 High
Lo[27] 2006 Buccal misoprostol RCT   High
Elhassan[28] 2007 Buccal misoprostol RCT   High
Boulvain[29] 2010 Mechanical methods SR, MA April 2001 High
Heinemann[30] 2005 Mechanical methods SR, MA November 2005 High
Vaknin[31] 2010 Mechanical methods SR, MA April 2008 High
Moraes Filho[32] 2010 Mechanical methods RCT   High
Boulvain[33] 2009 Membrane sweeping SR, MA July 2009 High
Kaul[34] 2004 Membrane sweeping RCT   High
Kashanian[35] 2006 Membrane sweeping RCT   High
De Miranda[36] 2006 Membrane sweeping RCT   High
Hill[37] 2008 Membrane sweeping RCT   High
Yildirim[38] 2010 Membrane sweeping RCT   High
Hamdan[39] 2009 Membrane sweeping RCT   High
Kelly[40] 2009 Castor oil SR, MA August 2009 High
Smith[41] 2009 Acupuncture SR, MA January 2008 High
Selmer-Olsen[45] 2007 Acupuncture RCT   High
Smith[42] 2008 Acupuncture RCT   High
Asher[43] 2009 Acupuncture RCT   High
Modlock[44] 2010 Acupuncture RCT   High
Kavanaugh[46] 2009 Breast Stimulation SR, MA September 2009 High
Kavanaugh[47] 2009 Sexual Intercourse SR, MA June 2007 High
Smith[48] 2010 Homeopathic methods SR, MA December 2009 High
Omer[49] 1987 Hypnotic relaxation Quasi-randomised   Low
Hutton[50] 2009 Extra-amniotic prostaglandins SR, MA June 2009 High
Luckas[51] 2010 Intravenous prostaglandins SR, MA May 2010 High
French[52] 2009 Oral prostaglandins SR, MA July 2009 High
Hapangama[53] 2009 Mifepristone SR, MA May 2009 High
Thomas[54] 2008 Oestrogen SR, MA January 2008 High
Kavanaugh[55] 2006 Corticosteroids SR, MA December 2005 High
Kelly[56] 2009 Relaxin SR, MA August 2009 High
Kavanaugh[57] 2009 Hyaluronidase SR, MA July 2009 High
Osman[59] 2006 Isosorbide mononitrate RCT   High
Habib[58] 2008 Isosorbide mononitrate RCT   High
  1. Abbreviations: SR--Systematic Review; MA--Meta-analysis; RCT--Randomised controlled trial