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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 
2010

Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy III: Enhancing Perinatal Health Through Quality, Safety and Performance Initiatives

Description of Resource: 
This report explores the elements essential to improving quality, safety, and performance across the continuum of perinatal care: consistent data collection and measurement; evidence-based initiatives; adherence to clinical practice guidelines; a life-course perspective; care that is patient- and family-centered, culturally sensitive, and linguistically appropriate; policies that support high-quality perinatal care; and systems change. Each chapter illustrates specific strategies and interventions that incorporate robust process and systems change, including the power of statewide quality improvement collaboratives that are improving perinatal outcomes. It concludes with cross-cutting themes and action items that stakeholders across the continuum of perinatal care will recognize as opportunities to improve pregnancy outcomes.

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Developed By: 
March of Dimes
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
Citation: 
Berns S, ed. Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy III: Enhancing Perinatal Health Through Quality, Safety and Performance Initiatives [Internet]. White Plains, NY: March of Dimes Foundation; 2010 Dec [cited 2013 Jan 15]. Publication number 34-2528-10. Available from: http://www.marchofdimes.org/materials/toward-improving-the-outcome-of-pregnancy-iii.pdf