Benchmarking the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

Charlene Thornton, Jane Tooher, Robert Ogle, Peter von Dadelszen, Angela Makris, Annemarie Hennessy

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    Introduction The Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) affect 7–10% of pregnancies worldwide and are one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the perinatal period. An accurate assessment of mortality and morbidity is essential to provide effective care and treatment and benchmarking of these issues is required to enhance outcomes and define standards. Aim To benchmark outcomes for women and babies following a diagnosis of hypertension between obstetric units in similar settings. Methods Utilising a set of pre-defined clinical indicators, Individual Patient Data analysis techniques applied to the medical records of all women diagnosed with a HDP over a 12 month period at six obstetric units within Australia and Canada. Statistical analysis included contingency table sand means testing oas appropriate utilising IBM SPSS V.18. Results Overall HDP rate of 7.6% of all deliveries, with a 3.0% preeclampsia rate. Outcomes differed significantly between units and did not cluster within any individual unit.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)279-284
    Number of pages6
    JournalPregnancy Hypertension
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


    • Morbidity
    • Preeclampsia
    • Pregnancy


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