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  1. Improving recordkeeping for maternal mortality programs, Kumasi, Ghana.

    Article - En anglais

    Preliminary studies : Data on obstetric complications are the basis of monitoring maternal mortality interventions in the PMM Network.

    A review of recordkeeping procedures at 10 facilities in the study area revealed that information on obstetric complications was often inconsistent or missing.

    Some hospital records were not designed to collect such information at all.


    In 1992, registers at facilities were revised to collect information on complications and time of treatment.

    Doctors, nurses, midwives and clerks were trained to record, compile and analyze data.

    Monitoring and supervisory mechanisms were also set up.


    Recordkeeping has improved.

    Data collection and analysis have been regular and timely.

    Doctors have begun using the data for morning meetings.

    Nurses and midwives compile monthly summaries of data showing complications by type.

    Two other districts outside the research area have adopted the reporting system and it is possible that facilities in the whole region will follow suit.

    Costs : The cost of improving recordkeeping at the 10 healthcare facilities was approximately US $2543, with 85% coming from project funds.


    Existing recordkeeping systems can be modified to collect data necessary to monitor maternal mortality interventions.

    Staff training and monitoring visits are important to success.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Prévention, Mortalité, Mère, Service hospitalier, Obstétrique, Collecte donnée, Amélioration, Programme, Accouchement pathologie, Gestation pathologie, Homme, Femelle, Ghana, Afrique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prevention, Mortality, Mother, Hospital ward, Obstetrics, Data gathering, Improvement, Program, Delivery disorders, Pregnancy disorders, Human, Female, Ghana, Africa

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0032518

    Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 17/04/1998.