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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 May;105(2):118-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2009.01.003. Epub 2009 Feb 20.

Evidence-based maternal and perinatal healthcare practices in public hospitals in Argentina.

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Population Health Research Center (CISAP), Durand Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina. karolinski@fibertel.com.ar

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the use of beneficial maternal and perinatal healthcare practices in a network of public maternity hospitals in Argentina.

METHOD:

A multicenter, prospective, descriptive study of 6661 deliveries in 9 hospitals. The use of 5 obstetric care practices that reduce maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality was evaluated.

RESULTS:

Median use rates for the selected practices were: continuous support for women during childbirth (17.9%); corticosteroids for preterm birth (35.3%); avoidance of episiotomy in primiparous women (41.2%); iron and folate supplementation (52.5%); active management of third stage of labor (93.5%).

CONCLUSION:

There is limited use of the selected evidence-based maternal and perinatal practices in public hospitals in Argentina and a large variation in their use among and within hospitals. Efforts should be made to increase the use of these evidence-based practices.

PMID:
19232607
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2009.01.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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