Questioning the indicators of need for obstetric care

Carine Ronsmans, Oona Meave Renee Campbell, Jeanne McDermott, Marge Koblinsky

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Abstract

The difficulties in measuring maternal mortality have led to a shift in emphasis from indicators of health to indicators of use of health care services. Furthermore, the recognition that some women need specialist obstetric care to prevent maternal death has led to the search for indicators measuring the met need for obstetric care. Although intuitively appealing, the conceptualization and definition of the need for obstetric care is far from straightforward, and there is relatively little experience so far in the use and interpretation of indicators of service use or need for obstetric care. In this paper we review indicators of service use and need for obstetric care, and briefly discuss data collection issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-324
Number of pages8
JournalBulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume80
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Obstetrics
Maternal Death
Maternal Mortality
Health Services
Delivery of Health Care
Health

Keywords

  • Data collection/methods
  • Health care surveys
  • Health services needs and demand/statistics
  • Health services/utilization
  • Maternal health services/statistics

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Ronsmans, C., Campbell, O. M. R., McDermott, J., & Koblinsky, M. (2002). Questioning the indicators of need for obstetric care. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 80(4), 317-324.

Questioning the indicators of need for obstetric care. / Ronsmans, Carine; Campbell, Oona Meave Renee; McDermott, Jeanne; Koblinsky, Marge.

In: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol. 80, No. 4, 2002, p. 317-324.

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Ronsmans, C, Campbell, OMR, McDermott, J & Koblinsky, M 2002, 'Questioning the indicators of need for obstetric care', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. 317-324.
Ronsmans C, Campbell OMR, McDermott J, Koblinsky M. Questioning the indicators of need for obstetric care. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2002;80(4):317-324.
Ronsmans, Carine ; Campbell, Oona Meave Renee ; McDermott, Jeanne ; Koblinsky, Marge. / Questioning the indicators of need for obstetric care. In: Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2002 ; Vol. 80, No. 4. pp. 317-324.
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