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Quality of care for maternal and newborn health: the neglected agenda

Van Den Broek, Nynke ORCID: and Graham, W. J. (2009) 'Quality of care for maternal and newborn health: the neglected agenda'. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Vol 116, Issue s1, pp. 18-21.

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The quality of care received by mothers and babies in developing countries is often reported as poor. Yet efforts to address this contributory factor to maternal and newborn mortality have received less attention compared with barriers of access to care. The current heightened concern to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5 has illuminated the neglected quality agenda. Whilst there is no universally-accepted definition of "quality care", it is widely acknowledged to embrace multiple levels - from patient to health system, and multiple dimensions, including safety as well as efficiency. Quality care should thus lie at the core of all strategies for accelerating progress towards MDG4 &5. Interventions to measure and improve quality need themselves to be evidence-based. Two promising approaches are maternal and perinatal death reviews and criterion-based audit. These and other quality improvement tools have a crucial role to play in the implementation of effective maternal and newborn care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Suppl. 1
Uncontrolled Keywords: Quality of Care Maternal and Newborn Health Quality Improvement Tools Developing Countries DEVELOPING-COUNTRIES MORTALITY AUDIT STRATEGIES NIGERIA DEATHS Millennium Development Goals
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WQ Obstetrics > Childbirth. Prenatal Care > WQ 160 Midwifery
WQ Obstetrics > Childbirth. Prenatal Care > WQ 175 Prenatal care
WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy Complications > WQ 240 Pregnancy complications (General)
WQ Obstetrics > WQ 100 General works
WP Gynecology > WP 100 General works
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WS Pediatrics > WS 100 General works
WQ Obstetrics > Labor > WQ 300 General works
WP Gynecology > Anatomy. Diseases. Injuries > WP 141 Examination. Diagnosis. Diagnostic methods. Monitoring
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 420 Newborn infants. Neonatology
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Child & Reproductive Health Group
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Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2010 07:36
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 12:59


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