A comparison of labour and birth outcomes in Jordon with WHO guidelines: A descriptive study using a new birth record
- Churchill Livingstone
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- Journal article
- Khresheh Reham, Homer Caroline, and Barclay Lesley 2009, 'A comparison of labour and birth outcomes in Jordon with WHO guidelines: A descriptive study using a new birth record', Churchill Livingstone, vol. 25, pp. e11-e18.
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Aim to examine data collected during the testing of a new birth record in Jordan from 1 July to 31 August 2004, and to compare these practices with guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and evidence-based recommendations. This was part of a larger study that used an action research approach to engage practitioners in implementation of the new record. Design descriptive, comparative design. Setting three Ministry of Health hospitals in Jordan. Participants the birth records of 1254 mothers and babies were used. Measurements data on selected labour and birth practices were collected from the records. Comparisons were made using recognised evidence-based guidelines. Findings the rates of a number of labour and birth practices were inappropriately high, and differed from WHO guidelines and evidence-based recommendations. The rates of augmentation of labour (46%) and episiotomy (53%) were particularly high, and seem to be in excess of the WHO recommendations, which state that neither of these practices should be undertaken routinely.
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