Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Mar;120(3):296-300. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.09.027. Epub 2012 Dec 23.

Advancing obstetric anesthesia practices in Georgia through clinical education and quality improvement methodologies.

Author information

  • 1Obstetric and Gynecological Clinic of Bibida, Tbilisi, Georgia.



To determine whether an integrated program of clinical education and improvement methods regarding the safe use of regional anesthesia for obstetrics would result in improved and sustained practice change in Georgia.


Between 2006 and 2009, intervention teams undertook several visits to 5 Georgian hospitals. Rates of regional anesthesia for labor and cesarean delivery prior to and following the intervention were collected from participating and non-participating hospitals. There were multifaceted educational activities and quality improvement activities at intervention sites, including protocol development, social marketing, and supply chain logistics. Host hospitals evaluated the program via a questionnaire.


The use of general anesthesia for cesarean delivery decreased significantly (P<0.001) and the use of epidural analgesia for labor increased significantly (P<0.001); there was no change in non-participating hospitals. Over the course of the program, medication and supply availability improved. Program evaluations were uniformly positive.


A structured program of education and quality improvement led to an increase in the use of regional anesthesia for vaginal and cesarean deliveries. Achievements were sustained during periods of economic and political turmoil.

Copyright © 2012 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk