The OPQC uses quality improvement methods to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes of preterm newborns. OPQC has worked with 20 maternity hospitals in Ohio, which represents 47 percent of all births in the state, through a collaborative focused on several obstetric improvement projects. Efforts included documenting the method of pregnancy dating, documenting reasons for scheduled delivery before 39 weeks, educating patients about risks of delivery before 39 weeks, implementing a scheduled delivery form, establishing direct communication with pediatricians, promoting early ultrasound, and conducting ongoing monitoring of clinical data using the Ohio birth certificate.
State of Ohio, AMCHP (Association of Maternal & Child Health Providers) 2012 Birth Outcomes Compendium, 2007
Evidence Rating: II