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Partogram use in the Dar es Salaam perinatal care study
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2008 (English)In: International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, ISSN 0020-7292, Vol. 100, no 1, 37-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To assess the quality of partograms used to monitor tabor in Dar es Salaam hospitals, Tanzania. Methods: The study team reviewed the records of the parameters of tabor, and maternal and fetal conditions in 367 partograms, and interviewed 20 midwives. Results: All midwives interviewed had been previously trained to use the partogram. Of all partograms reviewed, 50% had no records of duration of tabor. Although cervical dilation and fetal heart rates were recorded in 97% and 94% of the partograms respectively, 63% and 91% of these were judged to be substandard. Substandard monitoring of fetal heart rates was strongly associated with poor fetal outcome (P<0.001). Blood pressure, temperature, and pulse rates were not recorded in 47%-76% of partograms. Conclusion: These findings reflect poor management of tabor and indicate urgent in-service training to address the importance of documentation and regular partogram audit in order to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths. (c) 2007 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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2008. Vol. 100, no 1, 37-40 p.
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partogram, progress of labor, parameters, pregnancy outcome, Tanzania
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-16526DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.06.049ISI: 000253025900009PubMedID: 17900578OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-16526DiVA: diva2:44297
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