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Consequences of programme changes in antenatal care
Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
1999 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Routine antenatal care includes a number of routine contacts, in Sweden mostly with a midwife but with one visit to a physician. A reduction of the scheduled visits by 4-5 was assessed with retrospective data from the year before and the year after the programme change in 1991.

The effective reduction was 1.8 visits per pregnancy since the need for extra contacts-increased. Severe hypertension, preeclampsia and malpresentation were diagnosed to the same extent and risk pregnancies had similar surveillance. The predictive value of risk assessment in early pregnancy was low for complications during pregnancy and risk status at the end of pregnancy. The possibility to predict unexpected complications duringdelivery was also poor irrespective of the amount of antenatal contacts.

In a randomised controlled trial a planning conference with midwife and physician was compared to the routine doctor's examination early in pregnancy. Doctor's consultations decreased by 70%. The need for extra visits in the first half of pregnancy increased by 5% but the practical impact was negligible. Need for referrals or interventions later in pregnancy was not influenced by the new routine.

Reducing the routine surveillance programme resulted in less work load within the health care and had no adverse effects on diagnostic safety or risk prediction. With more consultations performed only on indication time could be directed to mothers with special needs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 1999. , 74 p.
Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 0282-7476 ; 888
Keyword [en]
Obstetrics and gynaecology, antenatal care, utilisation of care, risk prediction, risk assessment
Keyword [sv]
Obstetrik och kvinnosjukdomar
National Category
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Research subject
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-405ISBN: 91-554-4602-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-405DiVA: diva2:164171
Public defence
1999-12-14, Rosensalen, Uppsala University Hospital, Entrance 95/96, Uppsala, 13:15
Available from: 1999-11-23 Created: 1999-11-23Bibliographically approved

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