Table 2

Descriptive statistics for the implementation of evidence-based guidelines by clinicians in group A and group B clusters in the three phases of the study
Evidence-based standards Phase 1a Phase 2b Phase 3c
A B A B A B
Used continuous non-locking suturing technique for vaginal wall, % (n) 56.1% (138) 65.5% (211) 78.5% (347) 67.0% (461) 72.4% (330) 77.3% (519)
Used continuous non-locking suturing technique for muscle layer, % (n) 45.2% (109) 66.1% (195) 75.1% (322) 67.3% (442) 68.1% (310) 76.8% (490)
Used subcutaneous or subcuticular suturing technique for perineal skin, % (n) 67.6% (161) 83.3% (279) 90.0% (388) 79.4% (570) 87.7% (405) 87.7% (582)
Used continuous non-locking suturing for vaginal wall and muscle layer, and used subcutaneous/subcuticular stitching for perineal skin, % (n) 35.8% (77) 56.5% (156) 72.5% (290) 57.6% (343) 64.6% (274) 73.2% (429)
Used rapidly absorbable polyglactin suturing material, % (n) 90.6% (259) 84.5% (343) 96.0% (475) 79.8% (681) 92.1% (503) 95.4% (725)
Woman received leaflet, % (n)d 27.7% (52) 25.6% (68) 69.1% (199) 31.4% (155) 64.5% (229) 69.3% (323)

aPrior to intervention implementation.

bAfter implementation of intervention in group A units, but before implementation in group B units. cAfter implementation of intervention in group B units.

dInformation gathered from 10 to 12 day postal questionnaire.

Ismail et al.

Ismail et al. BMC Medicine 2013 11:209   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-11-209

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