Patterns of Maternity Care in English NHS Hospitals 2011 / 12 – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – May 2013

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Obstetrics | Tags: , , |

Patterns of Maternity Care in English NHS Hospitals 2011 / 12 – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – May 2013

“The Clinical Indicators Project is a programme of work that aims to develop clinically relevant, methodologically robust performance indicators for obstetric and gynaecological care using currently available data. This information will be used to inform quality improvement initiatives and provide comparative benchmarking for women’s health services across the UK.

This project is being carried out in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The first report on Patterns of Maternity Care in English NHS Hospitals is now available.

The report presents a series of eleven indicators that can be used to compare the performance of English maternity units. It is the first of what will be an annual account by the RCOG of variation in care delivered to women during childbirth.

The report uses Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data from 2011/12 that is routinely submitted by each NHS hospital. For the first time, this data has been analysed in a way that enables fairer comparisons to be made between hospitals. The researchers have risk-adjusted for factors which are beyond the control of the hospital, such as the age and medical history of the mother.

The indicators reveal considerable variation among maternity units in England.”

… continues on the site

Press release: RCOG release: New report reveals wide variation in practice and outcomes among English maternity units

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