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Strengthening the evidence for maternal and child health programs

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Campbell MK, Chance GW, Natale R, Dodman N, Halinda E, Turner L. Is perinatal care in southwestern Ontario regionalized? CMAJ. 1991;144(3):305-312.


NPM: 3: Perinatal Regionalization
Intervention Components (click on component to see a list of all articles that use that intervention): HOSPITAL, Continuing Education of Hospital Providers, POPULATION-BASED SYSTEMS, INTER-HOSPITAL SYSTEMS, Maternal/In-Utero Transport Systems, Follow-Up Given On Transferred Patients, STATE, Perinatal Committees/Councils, NICU Bed Registry/Electronic Bulletin Board

Intervention Results:

  • Among all women admitted to level I or II hospitals, the percentage of maternal transfer to level III hospitals increased from 2.2% of all admitted women (262 women) to 2.8% (p<0.003) after the intervention.
  • Among all women admitted to level I or II hospitals, maternal transfer of those with labor or threatened preterm labor before 37 weeks gestation to level III hospitals increased by 38% from 0.72% of all admitted women to 0.99% after intervention (p=0.024).
  • Among all infants born at 500-1499 gm, there was a statistically significant change in distribution of the number born in level III hospitals after intervention (p<0.001)

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