Blood Pressure in Pregnancy PSP Question Verification Form


Published: 30 June 2020

Version: 1

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The purpose of this Question Verification Form is to enable Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) to describe clearly how they checked that their questions were unanswered, before starting the interim prioritisation stage of the process.

The JLA requires PSPs to be transparent and accountable in defining their own scope and evidence checking process. This will enable researchers and other stakeholders to understand how individual PSPs decided that their questions were unanswered, and any limitations of their evidence checking. 

Name of the PSP

Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Please describe the scope of the PSP

The scope of this PSP was to identify uncertainties and research priorities for hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in the United Kingdom from a lay and clinical perspective using the JLA methodology.

Please provide a brief overview of your approach to checking whether the questions were unanswered

Steering group members were paired to produce the summary questions and confirmed that none were answered by existing research. 

All members of the steering group agreed the 50 summary questions to be put forward for interim prioritisation, based on being representative of the wider questions submitted, not answered by existing research, and ensuring that all themes were included.

Please list the type(s) of evidence you used to verify your questions as unanswered

  • International and national guidelines
  • Systematic reviews

Please list the sources that you searched in order to identify that evidence

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Hypertension in Pregnancy Guideline
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines
  • International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy guideline
  • Cochrane review database
  • Ovid medical research search engine

What search terms did you use?

  • Pregnancy
  • Hypertension
  • High blood pressure
  • Preeclampsia

Please describe the parameters of the search (eg time limits, excluded sources, country/language) and the rationale for any limitations

No limitations

Names of individuals who undertook the evidence checking

Dr Alison Ho and Dr Louise Webster

On what date was the question verification process completed?


Any other relevant information