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Research Article

Improving Quality of Care for Maternal and Newborn Health: Prospective Pilot Study of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Program

  • Jonathan M. Spector equal contributor mail,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Jonathan M. Spector, Priya Agrawal

    jmspector@partners.org

    Affiliation: Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Priya Agrawal equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Jonathan M. Spector, Priya Agrawal

    Affiliation: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Department, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Bhala Kodkany,

    Affiliation: Women's and Children's Health Research Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Karnataka, India

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  • Stuart Lipsitz,

    Affiliation: Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Angela Lashoher,

    Affiliation: Department of Patient Safety, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Gerald Dziekan,

    Affiliation: Department of Patient Safety, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Rajiv Bahl,

    Affiliation: Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Mario Merialdi,

    Affiliation: Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Matthews Mathai,

    Affiliation: Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Claire Lemer,

    Affiliation: London Deanery, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, Enfield, United Kingdom

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  • Atul Gawande

    Affiliation: Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: May 16, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0035151
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Jonathan M. Spector, Atul Gawande
Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Priya Agrawal
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Department, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Bhala Kodkany
Women's and Children's Health Research Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Karnataka, India
Stuart Lipsitz
Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Angela Lashoher, Gerald Dziekan
Department of Patient Safety, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Rajiv Bahl, Matthews Mathai
Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Mario Merialdi
Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Claire Lemer
London Deanery, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, Enfield, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: jmspector@partners.org

Competing Interests

AAG receives royalties for books and essays focused on patient safety and medicine. CL receives royalties for a book focused on healthcare management. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JMS AAG. Performed the experiments: JMS PA BK AL GD AAG. Analyzed the data: PA SL JMS AAG. Wrote the paper: JMS PA AAG BK SL AL GD RB M. Merialdi M. Mathai CL.