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Quality of care in births and deliveries: towards a comprehensive approach

Grant number: 00/07737-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2001
Effective date (End): May 31, 2001
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Collective Health - Epidemiology
Principal Investigator:Daphne Rattner
Grantee:Daphne Rattner
Supervisor: Irva Hertz-Picciotto
Host Institution: Instituto de Saúde (IS). Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States  


This study proposes to elaborate and evaluate a comprehensive system to assess quality of care for obstetric deliveries, using hospitals as unit of analysis. Its overall goal is to identify Quality of Care indicators that are easy to measure, that would be cost-effective to be used on a continuing basis. Those include the traditional triad proposed by Donabedian (structure / process / outcome of care) and associated hospital and socio-environmental variables. The project adopts the public Health perspective as guidance for the evaluation of health care, and defines a comprehensive theoretical framework. The study design is a cross-sectional investigation of hospitals of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, and involves both primary and secondary data of the period between January 1st, 1994 and December 31st, 1995. (AU)

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