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A new index for obstetrics safety and quality of care: integrating cesarean delivery rates with maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Ramani S, Halpern TA, Akerman M, et al. A new index for obstetrics safety and quality of care: integrating cesarean delivery rates with maternal and neonatal outcomes. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2022;226(4):556.e1-.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.10.005

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June 1, 2022
Ramani S, Halpern TA, Akerman M, et al. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2022;226(4):556.e1-556.e9.

Cesarean delivery can lead to adverse outcomes and is commonly used as a measure of obstetrical quality; however, these measures do not account for preexisting maternal and neonatal morbidities, which may increase risk for cesarean delivery. This article describes the development and testing of a new obstetrical quality measure that integrates cesarean delivery rates adjusted for preexisting high-risk maternal factors as well as maternal and neonatal morbidities. Among obstetricians in one large hospital, researchers found that this metric led to significantly different clinician rankings in terms of obstetrical quality (compared to rankings based on crude or adjusted cesarean delivery rates alone.) The authors suggest that this new metric can help identify opportunities for practice improvement among individual clinicians and institutions.

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Ramani S, Halpern TA, Akerman M, et al. A new index for obstetrics safety and quality of care: integrating cesarean delivery rates with maternal and neonatal outcomes. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2022;226(4):556.e1-.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.10.005