The COSTIL (Core Outcomes in Stillbirth) project team is based at the University of Adelaide aiming to develop a standardised common outcome set that can be implemented across all clinical research in the field of prevention of stillbirth so that every study conducted can be easily compared and combined for better effective use. The project uses a two-stage approach to develop outcomes that reflect the priorities of all stakeholders. This encompasses previous literature through a systematic review, a focus group and interviews of parents who have experienced stillbirth, and a Delphi method that will combine and generate a consensus of opinions between experts in the field. Parent members of the Stillbirth Foundation for will also be engaged in the research to share their views on which outcomes they consider most important.
This strategy will allow the many individual trials, reviews and guidelines in stillbirth to be effectively combined and compared, resulting in a significant contribution to future stillbirth mitigation. It is expected this research will have collaboration synergies with a team of researchers in UK funded by Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity and SNDS. This work is funded by Stillbirth Foundation Australia.