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Research Article

Changes in Association between Previous Therapeutic Abortion and Preterm Birth in Scotland, 1980 to 2008: A Historical Cohort Study

  • Clare Oliver-Williams,

    Affiliation: Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Michael Fleming,

    Affiliation: Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Kirsten Monteath,

    Affiliation: Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Angela M. Wood ,

    Affiliation: Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    These authors are joint senior authors on this work.

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  • Gordon C. S. Smith mail

    gcss2@cam.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    These authors are joint senior authors on this work.

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  • Published: July 09, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001481

About the Authors

Clare Oliver-Williams, Angela M. Wood
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Michael Fleming, Kirsten Monteath
Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Gordon C. S. Smith
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: gcss2@cam.ac.uk

Competing Interests

GCSS is a member of the Editorial Board of PLOS Medicine. GCSS has acted as a paid consultant to GSK around therapeutic approaches to preterm birth. GCSS is named on a US patent (US61/253936) for the administration of paraoxonase 3 to preterm human infants as a therapeutic product. The authors have declared there are no other competing interests.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: GCSS. Performed the experiments: COW AMW GCSS. Analyzed the data: COW AMW GCSS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: COW MF KM AMW GCSS. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: COW GCSS. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: COW MF KM AMW GCSS. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: COW MF KM AMW GCSS. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: COW MF KM AMW GCSS. Performed record linkage and selected data for analysis: MF KM.