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Pre-eclampsia is a disease of pregnancy, marked by high blood pressure (hypertension) and protein in the urine. It affects around 5% of pregnancies in the UK. Early diagnosis of pre-eclampsia can reduce complications for both mother and baby. 

Self-monitoring of blood pressure and urine self-testing, over and above usual antenatal visits, could allow pre-eclampsia to be picked up earlier so that we can help control a woman’s blood pressure and avoid complications. Our work has shown that women are willing to self-monitor their blood pressure during pregnancy and that following hypertensive pregnancy, women are able to make medication changes based on their home readings. Initial work suggests pregnant women would find self-testing of their urine equally feasible and acceptable.

The research project would involve:

  • Working with pregnant women and health care professionals to further develop a combined home monitoring in pregnancy intervention including telemonitoring guided care.
  • A pilot trial to examine whether combining self-management of blood pressure and self-testing for protein is feasible and acceptable to hypertensive pregnant women and their health professionals.
  • While the overarching topic for study has been identified there is scope for specific questions to be identified by the candidate. We would welcome anyone interested to approach us to discuss this.


The student will join the supportive Hypertension Team based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.


This project is funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Oxford and Thames Valley.


The project will suit a student with a background in medical or biological sciences, or equally medical, nursing or midwifery graduates wishing to pursue research in women’s reproductive health.

Candidates will be expected to hold a good undergraduate degree (or Masters) in a relevant subject (such as medical sciences, biological sciences, evidence-based health care, communications science, behavioural science).

For more information please contact Dr Katherine Tucker.


Supervisory team


This project will be funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Oxford and Thames Valley