This paper describes a simulation model of maternity services which was developed to support the planning of midwifery services to meet demands for continuity of care.
A Government report of maternity services in 1992 emphasised the need to replace the fragmented care offered to pregnant women by a more personalised type of approach.
One way of doing this is by the implementation of team midwifery in which care is provided, antenatally, during labour, and then postnatally by either the same midwife or, more usually a small team of midwives.
The model described in this paper attempts to assess the effects of team size upon the continuity of care provided to pregnant women under different implementations.
Continuity is measured in terms of the percentage of occasions a team midwife will be available to meet the health care demands of pregnant women.
The model may be used not only for the evaluation of services already in use, but also for the planning of alternative and better services.
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Sage femme, Maternité(établissement), Simulation, Etude cas, Planification
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Midwife, Obstetrics clinics, Simulation, Case study, Planning
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0121173
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 22/06/1998.