Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Studies

Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Studies

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What are we studying?
Why are we studying this?
Who can participate in the study?
What type of study is this?
What will I be asked to do and how much time will it take?
What types of questions will I be asked?
How will my privacy be protected?
What’s in it for me?

What are we studying?

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We are studying whether medications that are used to treat autoimmune diseases are safe to take during pregnancy. Specifically, we are looking at medications used to treat Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

Why are we studying this?

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Autoimmune diseases affect many women who are in their reproductive years. Many of the medications used to treat autoimmune disease have not been well studied for use in pregnancy.

Who can participate in the study?

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If you have an autoimmune disease and you are currently pregnant, you may qualify for this study.

What type of study is this?

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This is an observational study, meaning that we will simply follow-you throughout your pregnancy. You will NOT be asked to:

  • Change anything about your prenatal care
  • Change any medications that you are taking
  • Undergo any invasive procedures

What will I be asked to do and how much time will it take?

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You will be asked to:

  • Participate in two to four phone calls (after the initial phone interview, these will only take 10 minutes of your time)
  • Answer questions about your health history, your pregnancy and the birth of your child
  • Provide us with copies of your medical records related to your pregnancy (see privacy and security)

What types of questions will I be asked?

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You will be asked about:

  • Exposures to medications, chemicals, illnesses and other environmental exposures during your pregnancy
  • The dates when the exposures occurred as well as the dose and amount of exposure

How will my privacy be protected?

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Information that we obtain from your medical record is vital to maintaining the high quality of our research. All of your personal health information will be kept confidential.

The MotherToBaby research team views privacy as one of our most important considerations when dealing with personal health information. We are required by law to comply with the strict rules and regulations set forth by state and federal agencies as well as the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of California, San Diego, who oversees and monitors all research protocols. Once you agree to participate in a study, we will need to obtain your permission for the release of your medical records and will give you detailed information about who will have access to your health information and how the information will be used in ways that protect your privacy.

What’s in it for me?

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  • You will have peace of mind knowing that our information specialists are available to answer any questions that you may have about medications and other exposures before, during and after your pregnancy and while breastfeeding. We are eager to answer your questions, so call us toll-FREE at (877) 311-8972 to reach an information specialist.
  • You may be eligible to receive a free expert medical evaluation and detailed examination of your baby by one of our pediatric specialists.
  • You may have an exciting opportunity to learn about your baby’s developmental milestones by completing one or more specially designed questionnaires.
  • You will be kept abreast of the results of the study and feel the pride of knowing that you made an invaluable contribution.

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To talk to a research coordinator to enroll in the autoimmune study, call toll-FREE (877) 311-8972 or email: otisresearch@ucsd.edu