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Measuring quality in maternal-newborn care: developing a clinical dashboard.

Ann E Sprague, Sandra I Dunn, Deshayne B Fell, Joann Harrold, Mark C Walker, Sherrie Kelly, Graeme N Smith
Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) Ontario, Ottawa ON.

Abstract

Pregnancy, birth, and the early newborn period are times of high use of health care services. As well as opportunities for providing quality care, there are potential missed opportunities for health promotion, safety issues, and increased costs for the individual and the system when quality is not well defined or measured. There has been a need to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure quality care within the provincial maternal-newborn system. We also wanted to provide automated audit and feedback about these KPIs to support quality improvement initiatives in a large Canadian province with approximately 140 000 births per year. We therefore worked to develop a maternal-newborn dashboard to increase awareness about selected KPIs and to inform and support hospitals and care providers about areas for quality improvement. We mapped maternal-newborn data elements to a quality domain framework, sought feedback via survey for the relevance and feasibility of change, and examined current data and the literature to assist in setting provincial benchmarks. Six clinical performance indicators of maternal-newborn quality care were identified and evidence-informed benchmarks were set. A maternal-newborn dashboard with “drill down” capacity for detailed analysis to enhance audit and feedback is now available for implementation. While audit and feedback does not guarantee individuals or institutions will make practice changes and move towards quality improvement, it is an important first step. Practice change and quality improvement will not occur without an awareness of the issues.

Publication

  • Journal: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada
  • Published: 01/01/2013
  • Volume: 35
  • Issue: 1
  • Pagination: 29-38

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