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Implications for practice and research
■ Healthcare professionals should inform women with low obstetric risk factors that intrapartum admission cardiotocography (CTG) increases the likelihood of caesarean section (CS) with no evidence for neonatal benefit.
■ Future trials with adequate power to detect an impact on perinatal mortality are needed.
■ The effect of admission CTG on holistic-oriented outcomes (eg, women's labour satisfaction) should be explored.
Admission CTG is a short, usually 20-min, recording of the fetal heart rate immediately after admission to the labour ward that aims …