• COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) is a new national prospective dynamic cohort that was created to describe the epidemiology of COVID-19 in pregnancy and the effect of SARS-CoV-2 infection on pregnancy outcomes and to investigate the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines among pregnant women.

  • The cohort links primary care records to maternity records, national birth and mortality records and other secondary health care data, together with laboratory results and vaccination information, thus providing a robust platform for the study of viral effects and pharmacoepidemiological research.

  • As of 16 September 2021, the dynamic cohort included 123 004 women with 134 070 completed or ongoing pregnancies. Pre-pandemic outcome rates for analyses can be calculated from an approved retrospective extension of the cohort to 1 January 2015.

  • Data are hosted in the Public Health Scotland’s (PHS) trusted research environment (TRE) and access may be granted via an enquiry to [phs.edris@phs.scot].


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Stock, S., Carruthers, J., Denny, C., Donaghy, J., Goulding, A., Hopcroft, L., Hopkins, L., Mulholland, R., Agrawal, U., Auyeung, B., Katikireddi, S., McCowan, C., Murray, J., Robertson, C., Sheikh, A., Shi, T., Simpson, C., Vasileiou, E. & Wood, R. 2022, 'Cohort Profile: The COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) dynamic cohort of pregnant women to assess effects of viral and vaccine exposures on pregnancy', International Journal of Epidemiology, 51(5), pp. e245-e255, article no: dyab243. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab243

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