Objective To compare the costs of a strategy of patient controlled remifentanil versus epidural analgesia for pain relief in labour. Design We performed a multicentre randomised controlled trial in 15 hospitals in the Netherlands, The RAVEL trial. Costs were analysed from a health care perspective alongside the RAVEL trial. Population Pregnant women of intermediate to high risk beyond 32 weeks gestation who planned vaginal delivery. Methods Women were randomised before the onset of labour, to receive either patient controlled remifentanil or epidural analgesia when pain relief was requested during labour.
Bibliographical noteData Availability: The original full data set included possible identifying information (birthdates and patient initials). A edited dataset without these variables is uploaded with this submission. For access to the full and original data set including birthdates and initials Liv Freeman or Johanna Middeldorp can be contacted. Access to the original case report form can also be requested.
Funding: Financial support for this trial was provided by ZonMW (Dutch Organization for Health Care Research and Development), the Hague, the Netherlands, project number 80-82310-97-11039. www.zonmw.nl. The grant applicant was JM, the funding was transfered to the Leiden University Medical Center. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.