Induction of Labour (replaces No. 107, Aug. 2001)
296 - Published April 2015
Objective: To review the most current literature in order to provide
evidence-based recommendations to obstetrical care providers
on induction of labour.
Options: Intervention in a pregnancy with induction of labour.
Outcomes: Appropriate timing and method of induction,
appropriate mode of delivery, and optimal maternal and
Evidence: Published literature was retrieved through searches
of PubMed, CINAHL, and The Cochrane Library in 2010
using appropriate controlled vocabulary (e.g., labour, induced,
labour induction, cervical ripening) and key words (e.g.,
induce, induction, augmentation). Results were restricted
to systematic reviews, randomized control trials/controlled
clinical trials, and observational studies. There were no
date or language restrictions. Searches were updated on a
regular basis and incorporated in the guideline to the end of
2010. Grey (unpublished) literature was identified through
searching the websites of health technology assessment and
health technology-related agencies, clinical practice guideline
collections, clinical trial registries, and national and international
medical specialty societies.
Values: The evidence in this document was rated using criteria
described in the Report of the Canadian Task Force on
Preventative Health Care (Table 1).