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Haemorrhagia post partum; an implementation study on the evidence-based guideline of the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NVOG) and the MOET (Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma-course) instructions; the Fluxim study

Mallory D Woiski1*, Rosella PMG Hermens2, Johanna M Middeldorp3, Jan A Kremer1, Marco A Marcus4, Maurice GAJ Wouters5, Richard P Grol2, Fred K Lotgering1 and Hubertina CJ Scheepers6

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

2 IQ Healthcare, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

3 Department of Obstetrics, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands

4 Department of anaesthesiology, University Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht, the Netherlands

5 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

6 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht, the Netherlands

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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010, 10:5  doi:10.1186/1471-2393-10-5

Published: 26 January 2010

Abstract

Background

One of the most important causes of maternal mortality and severe morbidity worldwide is post partum haemorrhage (PPH). Factors as substandard care are frequently reported in the international literature and there are similar reports in the Netherlands. The incidence of PPH in the Dutch population is 5% containing 10.000 women a year. The introduction of an evidence-based guideline on PPH by the Dutch society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NVOG) and the initiation of the MOET course (Managing Obstetrics Emergencies and Trauma) did not lead to a reduction of PPH. This implies the possibility of an incomplete implementation of both the NVOG guideline and MOET-instructions. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop and test a tailored strategy to implement both the NVOG guideline and MOET-instructions

Methods/Design

One step in the development procedure is to evaluate the implementation of the guideline and MOET-instructions in the current care. Therefore measurement of the actual care will be performed in a representative sample of 20 hospitals. This will be done by prospective observation of the third stage of labour of 320 women with a high risk of PPH using quality indicators extracted from the NVOG guideline and MOET instructions. In the next step barriers and facilitators for guideline adherence will be analyzed by performance of semi structured interviews with 30 professionals and 10 patients, followed by a questionnaire study among all Dutch gynaecologists and midwives to quantify the barriers mentioned. Based on the outcomes, a tailored strategy to implement the NVOG guideline and MOET-instructions will be developed and tested in a feasibility study in 4 hospitals, including effect-, process- and cost evaluation.

Discussion

This study will provide insight into current Dutch practice, in particular to what extent the PPH guidelines of the NVOG and the MOET-instructions have been implemented in the actual care, and into the barriers and facilitators regarding guideline adherence. The knowledge of the feasibility study regarding the effects and costs of the tailored strategy and the experiences of the users can be used in countries with a relatively high incidence of PPH.

Trial Registration

ClinicTrials.gov NCT00928863