The measurement of protein excretion over a 24-hour urine period has been considered the gold standard for quantitative evaluation of proteinuria in pregnancy.
- time consuming (24 hours)
- delays in the diagnosis
- missed diagnoses
- inconvenient for women, as well as clinical staff
- has cost implications (hospital admission necessary)
- subject to errors such as incomplete collection
There is a need for a quick, reliable, acceptable and cost effective alternative test.