Reports and guidelines

Read a selection of clinical guidelines, reports and recommendations based on the research undertaken at the Liggins Institute.

Nitrate contamination and adverse birth outcomes

This systematic review and meta-analysis assesses the evidence for the association between nitrate concentration in drinking water and birth outcomes.

The original report was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and was then expanded to include both the latest and earlier reports. See Nitrate contamination in drinking water and adverse reproductive and birth outcomes: a systematic review and meta‑analysis (Nature Scientific Reports 11 Jan 2023).

Enhancing Aotearoa New Zealand Clinical Trials

Ensuring that the latest clinical research opportunities, and the healthcare benefits that flow from them, are available to all New Zealanders is at the heart of a report released in December 2022.

"Enhancing Aotearoa New Zealand Clinical Trials" is the result of two years of work by a team of researchers commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Pulse oximetry screening in New Zealand

This research study aimed to assess the feasibility of delivering a nationwide pulse oximetry screening programme in New Zealand. It concludes that pulse oximetry is a safe, easy-to-use and effective tool that can identify serious diseases in the newborn before the onset of symptoms. It supports the introduction of a national screening programme, concluding that alternative approaches risk increasing inequity of access to the test.

Antenatal corticosteroid clinical practice guidelines

These guidelines provide evidence-based clinical practice recommendations on the use of antenatal corticosteroids given to women prior to birth to improve fetal, infant and child and adult health.