Preterm Clinical Network Database Goes Live

The PCN Database developed by MedSciNet for the UK Preterm Clinical Network (UKPCN) recently received final approvals and is now live. The online database is crucial to the work of this international network of doctors, midwives, and researchers to improve care and outcomes for women at risk of preterm birth.

By enabling standardised systematic collection of data on women seen at preterm clinics, the PCN Database offers clinicians a new wealth of experience and knowledge to guide their work with individual patients. It also allows researchers to scrutinise diverse approaches to prediction and prevention, and to investigate longer-term effects of preterm birth, monitoring, and interventions.

“This will lead to a better understanding of the effectiveness of current surveillance practices and preterm birth prevention strategies on a national and international scale, as well as the generation of ideas for innovation and research. We can learn much more about preterm birth and how to reduce the risks,” says the project lead, Professor Andrew Shennan of King’s College London.

Currently 29 sites are collecting data for the PCN Database — in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain. The project has been funded by an NHS Innovations Challenge Prize and Tommy’s charity. It is co-sponsored by King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Project manager Jenny Carter says MedSciNet gave UKPCN confidence from the start, noting: “MedSciNet develops and supports databases for many research organisations, groups, and universities throughout the world, for both clinical studies and medical registers. Their databases are very secure, reliable, and simple to use, and predefined validation rules and data monitoring facilities help to ensure accurate data entry.”

To learn more, please visit the UK Preterm Clinical Network and the PCN Database website at