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Methodology and tools for quality improvement in maternal and newborn health care

Raven, Joanna, Hofman, Jan, Adegoke, Adetoro and Van Den Broek, Nynke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8523-2684 (2011) 'Methodology and tools for quality improvement in maternal and newborn health care'. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Vol 114, Issue 1, pp. 4-9.

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Abstract

Objective: To gain an overviewof approaches,methodologies, and tools used in quality improvement ofmaternal and newborn health in low-income countries. Methods: Electronic search of MEDLINE and organizational databases for literature describing approaches,methodologies, and tools used to improve the quality of maternal and newborn health care in low-income countries. Relevant papers and reports were reviewed and summarized.

Results: Developing a culture of quality is an important requisite for successful quality improvement.
Methodologies to improve quality include the development of standards and guidelines and the performance of mortality, near-miss, and criterion-based audits. Tools for data collection and process description were identified, and examples ofwork to improve quality of care are provided. Conclusion: The documented experience with the identified approaches, methodologies, and tools indicates that none is sufficient by itself to achieve a desirable improvement in quality of care. The choice of methodologies and tools depends on the healthcare system and its available resources. There is a lack of studies that describe the process of quality improvement and a need for research to provide evidence of the effectiveness of the identified methods and tools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maternal health care; Newborn health care; Quality improvement
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 310 Maternal welfare
WQ Obstetrics > WQ 20 Research (General)
WQ Obstetrics > Labor > WQ 300 General works
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 420 Newborn infants. Neonatology
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Child & Reproductive Health Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2011.02.007
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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2011 09:34
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:04
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/2363

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