Questioning the indicators of need for obstetric care


Ronsmans, C; Campbell, OM; McDermott, J; Koblinsky, M; (2002) Questioning the indicators of need for obstetric care. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 80 (4). pp. 317-24. ISSN 0042-9686

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Abstract

: The difficulties in measuring maternal mortality have led to a shift in emphasis from indicators of health to indicators of use of health care services. Furthermore, the recognition that some women need specialist obstetric care to prevent maternal death has led to the search for indicators measuring the met need for obstetric care. Although intuitively appealing, the conceptualization and definition of the need for obstetric care is far from straightforward, and there is relatively little experience so far in the use and interpretation of indicators of service use or need for obstetric care. In this paper we review indicators of service use and need for obstetric care, and briefly discuss data collection issues.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cesarean Section/utilization, Data Collection, Delivery Rooms/utilization, Female, Human, Maternal Health Services/*utilization, *Maternal Mortality, Midwifery, *Needs Assessment, *Obstetrics, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications/epidemiology, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S., Cesarean Section, utilization, Data Collection, Delivery Rooms, utilization, Female, Human, Maternal Health Services, utilization, Maternal Mortality, Midwifery, Needs Assessment, Obstetrics, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, epidemiology, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Maternal Health Group
PubMed ID: 12075369
Web of Science ID: 175222700010
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/16642

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