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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 (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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