What we have learned about quality measures for intrapartum obstetrical care

Jennifer L. Bailit*, William A. Grobman

*Corresponding author for this work

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One of the most important purposes of measuring the quality of care is to improve the quality of care. Without measurement, it is not possible to determine whether changes in medical care delivery are helping patients. This article reviews important concepts in the measurement of quality obstetrical care, and demonstrates how these concepts have been informed by the Assessment of Perinatal Excellence (APEX) study performed by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal–Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-320
Number of pages3
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Quality of care
  • measurement
  • obstetrics
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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