Assessment of maternal near-miss and quality of care in a hospital-based study in Accra, Ghana

Özge Tunçalp, Michelle J. Hindin, Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Richard M. Adanu

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Objective To assess the baseline incidence of maternal near-miss, process indicators related to facility access, and quality of care at a tertiary care facility in urban Ghana. Methods A prospective observational study of all women delivering at the facility, including those with pregnancy-related complications, was conducted between October 2010 and March 2011. Quality of maternal health care was assessed via a newly developed WHO instrument based on near-miss criteria and criterion-based clinical audit methodology. Results Among 3438 women, 516 had potentially life-threatening conditions and 131 had severe maternal outcomes (94 near-miss cases and 37 maternal deaths). More than half (64.4%) of the women had been referred to the facility. The incidence of maternal near-miss was 28.6 cases per 1000 live births. Anemia contributed to most cases with a severe maternal outcome. More than half of all women with severe maternal outcomes developed organ dysfunction or died within the first 12 hours of hospital admission. Although preventive measures were prevalent, treatment-related indicators showed mixed results. Conclusion The WHO near-miss approach was found to represent a feasible strategy in low-resource countries. Improving referral systems, effective use of critical care, and evidence-based interventions can potentially reduce severe maternal outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume123
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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Ghana
Quality of Health Care
Mothers
Clinical Audit
Maternal Death
Architectural Accessibility
Pregnancy Complications
Incidence
Live Birth
Tertiary Healthcare
Critical Care
Observational Studies
Anemia
Referral and Consultation
Prospective Studies

Keywords

  • Audit
  • Health systems
  • Maternal mortality
  • Severe maternal morbidity
  • West Africa WHO near-miss approach

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Assessment of maternal near-miss and quality of care in a hospital-based study in Accra, Ghana. / Tunçalp, Özge; Hindin, Michelle J.; Adu-Bonsaffoh, Kwame; Adanu, Richard M.

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Tunçalp, Özge ; Hindin, Michelle J. ; Adu-Bonsaffoh, Kwame ; Adanu, Richard M. / Assessment of maternal near-miss and quality of care in a hospital-based study in Accra, Ghana. In: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2013 ; Vol. 123, No. 1. pp. 58-63.
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