Towards Improving Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Perinatal Health: Proceedings from a Workshop on the Use of Birth Registers as a Data Source for Maternal and Perinatal Health Care

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Year: 1999


This 56-page report summarizes the proceedings from a workshop on the use of birth registers as a data source for maternal and perinatal health care held from March 2-4, 1999, in Arlington Virginia. The workshop had the objectives of describing the range of data currently collected in registers and exploring current reporting practices based on these data. The meeting also examined issues affecting birth register data use. Based on discussions during the workshop, MEASURE Evaluation cited the following activities for possible follow-up: 1) strengthening the use of obstetric register data by conducting pilot studies looking at issues regarding core data items and their use, as well as approaches to feedback provisions; 2)collaborating with the Latin American Center for Perinatology staff to develop and pursue secondary analysis plans using their data; 3) pursuing collaboration with concerned parties to conduct a meeting on maternal and perinatal death audits; 4) compiling a series of case studies on national-level reporting and obstetric register data use; and 5) maintaining the meeting working group via a list serve, Web site communication, an electronic conference, or follow-up meeting.

Filed under: Maternal Health , Monitoring, Evaluation , Child Health