A review of low volume, rural, and remote intrapartum services in Ontario.
The Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health recently completed a gap analysis to look at local access to safe, high-quality intrapartum care services in lower volume centres (less than 500 births a year) across the province.
The gap analysis utilized a mixed-methods approach that included:
- An environmental scan of the existing literature, professional statements, and expert reviews of specific rural sites;
- Findings from interviews with 16 geographically representative lower volume intrapartum care sites to understand gaps, challenges, and best practices in delivering safe, high-quality intrapartum care close to home; and
- Qualitative analysis of data from the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).
Key themes highlighted by the findings of the analysis include:
- Impact of geography on quality and access to care;
- Variations in models of care, staffing models, and human resources strategies; and
- Knowledge and involvement of regional maternal-child networks.
To learn more, please download a copy of our Gap Analysis HERE.
COMING SOON: In the fall of 2018, a distance map will be published that will provide an overview of the duration of time pregnant people travel within the province, to reach intrapartum care services.
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