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Obstet Gynecol. 1993 Feb;81(2):195-9.

An obstetric scoring system: its development and application in obstetric management.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Women's Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.



To develop a statistically derived but clinically usable antenatal risk scoring system.


Data from 20,985 pregnancies were statistically analyzed to identify significant risk factors. Logistic regression analysis was then used to produce a final scoring system, which was subsequently tested for validity on a separate population of 3120 pregnancies.


Twenty-seven significant antenatal variables were included in the final scoring system. Application of the system in early pregnancy resulted in a predictive accuracy of 0.73; at the onset of labor, predictive accuracy was 0.91. At the time of labor, 87% of poor outcomes were accurately identified by allocation of only 16% of the women to the high-risk group.


It was possible to develop a risk scoring system with a predictive accuracy higher than any previously reported statistically derived score. Summation of the logistic coefficients provides a score that by comparison with a chosen threshold identifies a high-risk pregnancy. In this way, despite the complexity of statistical analysis, all clinicians can quickly apply this scoring system.

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