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Local use of geographic information systems to improve data utilisation and health services: mapping caesarean section coverage in rural Rwanda.
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PMID:  23279379     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: To show the utility of combining routinely collected data with geographic location using a Geographic Information System (GIS) in order to facilitate a data-driven approach to identifying potential gaps in access to emergency obstetric care within a rural Rwandan health district.
METHODS: Total expected births in 2009 at sub-district levels were estimated using community health worker collected population data. Clinical data were extracted from birth registries at eight health centres (HCs) and the district hospital (DH). C-section rates as a proportion of total expected births were mapped by cell. Peri-partum foetal mortality rates per facility-based births, as well as the rate of uterine rupture as an indication for C-section, were compared between areas of low and high C-section rates.
RESULTS: The lowest C-section rates were found in the more remote part of the hospital catchment area. The sector with significantly lower C-section rates had significantly higher facility-based peri-partum foetal mortality and incidence of uterine rupture than the sector with the highest C-section rates (P < 0.034).
CONCLUSIONS: This simple approach for geographic monitoring and evaluation leveraging existing health service and GIS data facilitated evidence-based decision making and represents a feasible approach to further strengthen local data-driven decisions for resource allocation and quality improvement.
Leanna Sudhof; Cheryl Amoroso; Peter Barebwanuwe; Fabien Munyaneza; Adolphe Karamaga; Giovanni Zambotti; Peter Drobac; Lisa R Hirschhorn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1365-3156     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop. Med. Int. Health     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610576     Medline TA:  Trop Med Int Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI, USA.
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