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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Good health at low cost 25 years on – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – November 2011

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Good health at low cost 25 years on – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – November 2011

“Why do some low and middle income countries manage to achieve good health outcomes while others fail? What factors drive improvements in the health system and in access to primary health care? How can we act on the social determinants of health in cash-strapped economies?

These questions are as relevant today as they were in 1985 when the Rockefeller Foundation published what was to become a seminal report – Good health at low cost. The report explored why some low and middle income countries achieved better health outcomes than others, making Good health at low cost essential reading for health systems decision- and policy-makers alike.

This new edition of Good health at low cost 25 years on draws on a series of new case studies from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Tamil Nadu and Thailand providing fresh insights into the role of effective institutions, innovation and country ownership in catalysing improvements in health.

New challenges such as increasing urbanisation, a growing private sector and an upsurge in non-communicable diseases suggest that both learning from the past and new thinking are required to strengthen health systems. This edition provides both and is a vital resource for academics, policy-makers and practitioners grappling with how to improve health in low and middle income countries.”

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