Quality (288) District-level activities (28) Using the WHO safe childbirth checklist

21 August, 2021

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Sharing with HIFA team an evidence from a work in Ethiopia that "Using WHO-SCC paired with a system-wide quality improvement approach improved and sustained quality of EBPs delivery" : Using the WHO safe childbirth checklist to improve essential care delivery as part of the district-wide maternal and newborn health quality improvement initiative, a time series study | BMC Health Services Research | Full Text (biomedcentral.com) [*see note below]

Thanks,Zewdie

HIFA profile: Zewdie Mulissa is Senior Performance Monitoring & Improvement Advisor at IntraHealth International, Ethiopia. Professional interests: Quality of Care; Monitoring; Evaluation. He is a member of the Catalyst Group for the WHO/HIFA project on Learning for quality health systems. https://www.hifa.org/projects/learning-quality-health-services

Email: zmulissa AT yahoo.com

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thank you Zewdie and congratulations on this paper. Here is the citation, link and abstract:

CITATION: Using the WHO safe childbirth checklist to improve essential care delivery as part of the district-wide maternal and newborn health quality improvement initiative, a time series study

Befikadu Bitewulign 1, Dereje Abdissa 2, Zewdie Mulissa 3, Abiyou Kiflie 3, Mehiret Abate 3, Abera Biadgo 3, Haregeweyni Alemu 3, Meseret Zelalem 4, Munir Kassa 4, Gareth Parry 5, Hema Magge 6 7 8

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34399769/

ABSTRACT

Background: Care bundles are a set of three to five evidence-informed practices which, when performed collectively and reliably, may improve health system performance and patient care. To date, many studies conducted to improve the quality of essential birth care practices (EBPs) have focused primarily on provider- level and have fallen short of the predicted impact on care quality, indicating that a systems approach is needed to improve the delivery of reliable quality care. This study evaluates the effect of integrating the use of the World Health Organization Safe Childbirth Checklist (WHO-SCC) into a district-wide system improvement collaborative program designed to improve and sustain the delivery of EBPs as measured by "clinical bundle" adherence over-time.

Methods: The WHO-SCC was introduced in the context of a district-wide Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) collaborative quality of care improvement program in four agrarian Ethiopia regions. Three "clinical bundles" were created from the WHO-SCC: On Admission, Before Pushing, and Soon After Birth bundles. The outcome of each bundle was measured using all- or- none adherence. Adherence was assessed monthly by reviewing charts of live births. A time-series analysis was employed to assess the effectiveness of system-level interventions on clinical bundle adherence. STATA version 13.1 was used to analyze the trend of each bundle adherence overtime. Autocorrelation was checked to assess if the assumption of independence in observations collected overtime was valid. Prais-Winsten was used to minimize the effect of autocorrelation.

Findings: Quality improvement interventions targeting the three clinical bundles resulted in improved adherence over time across the four MNH collaborative. In Tankua Abergele collaborative (Tigray Region), the overall mean adherence to "On Admission" bundle was 86% with β = 1.39 (95% CI; 0.47-2.32; P < 0.005) on average monthly. Similarly, the overall mean adherence to the "Before Pushing" bundle in Dugna Fango collaborative; Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's (SNNP) region was 80% with β = 2.3 (95% CI; 0.89-3.74; P < 0.005) on average monthly.

Conclusion: Using WHO-SCC paired with a system-wide quality improvement approach improved and sustained quality of EBPs delivery. Further studies should be conducted to evaluate the impact on patient-level outcomes.]