Key messages for Section B

In this Section we have considered they many ways that quality has been defined, conceptualised and modelled, in the context of Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH). The key messages are as follows:

  • Good quality MNH services should, at a minimum, be safe, effective and acceptable.
  • Quality is a complex concept and a number of dimensions need to be considered in providing good quality services. These include safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency, equity, access, continuity, physical infrastructure, optimality and legitimacy.
  • Taking a health systems approach to understanding quality enables a broad and comprehensive approach to improving MNH services.
  • Good quality MNH services are important to provide at all levels of the health system and across all phases of the reproductive life cycle.
  • However, there are particular times of high risk for the pregnant mother and the newborn when quality interventions can have the greatest positive impact on health outcomes.
Key messages for Section B was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by admin