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Organizations Call for Enhanced Collaboration in Labor, Delivery Practices
Patient-centered Care, Safety Are Priorities, Groups Say
By News Staff
In their statement, "Quality Patient Care in Labor and Delivery: A Call to Action," the groups delivered the following list of joint recommendations:
- Ensure that patient-centered care and patient safety are organizational priorities that guide decisions for policies and practices.
- Foster a culture of openness by promoting the active communication of good outcomes and opportunities for improvement. Develop forums to facilitate communication and track issues of concern.
- Provide resources for clinicians to be trained in the principles of teamwork, safety and shared decision-making.
- Develop methods to systematically track and evaluate care processes and outcomes.
- Facilitate cross-departmental sharing of resources and expertise.
- Ensure that quality obstetric care is a priority that guides individual and team decisions.
- Identify and communicate safety concerns, and work together to mitigate potential safety risks.
- Disseminate and use the best available evidence, including individual and hospital-level data, to guide practice patterns.