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Antenatal and perinatal care in southern Italy. II. The clinicians' reactions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2000339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred obstetricians and 50 paediatricians engaged in public antenatal and perinatal care in southern Italy were interviewed about the provision of care in their facilities: 93% of the obstetricians judged the coverage of the target population to be insufficient and 53% of them considered the use of the risk approach to be unsatisfactory in public clinics. For example, no initiative was taken by 60% of public clinics when a woman at high risk failed to attend a booked antenatal visit. Bed rest during labour was prescribed by 72% of the obstetricians, a supporting relative was admitted to only 18% of the births and routine episiotomy was performed in 77% of primigravidae. Only 56% of the paediatricians interviewed allowed early contact between mother and baby. In public hospitals, 80% of paediatricians were present in the delivery room for the births. Screening for congenital hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria was executed in only 37% of the public hospitals. Newborn transport system adequate to national standards was available in only 33% of the hospitals. Antenatal and perinatal care need to be rapidly improved to meet population needs in southern Italy.
G Mazzarella; B Scarpellino; A Coppola; M Cafiero; L Quagliata; A Pisacane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0269-5022     ISO Abbreviation:  Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol     Publication Date:  1991 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-04-11     Completed Date:  1991-04-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709766     Medline TA:  Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, University of Naples, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Delivery, Obstetric / methods,  statistics & numerical data
Obstetrics* / statistics & numerical data
Prenatal Care / organization & administration*

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