Back in April, Carol Sakala wrote about the new and continuing perinatal and reproductive health quality measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum. The final Technical Report on the set of NQF-endorsed measures is now available.
The abstract of the Technical Report reads:
Research suggests that morbidity and mortality associated with pregnancy and childbirth are to a large extent preventable through adherence to existing evidence-based guidelines. Poor-quality care during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period can translate into unnecessary maternal and newborn complications, prolonged lengths of stay, costly neonatal intensive care unit admissions, and anxiety and suffering for patients and families. This project evaluated and endorsed 14 measures for accountability and quality improvement that specifically address reproductive health, pregnancy care, childbirth, and newborn care.
Download the complete report and learn more about the endorsement and maintenance process. Read Carol’s original post for more about the significance and potential use of performance measures in maternity care quality improvement.