The costs of alternative types of routine antenatal care for low-risk women: Shared care vs care by general practitioners and community midwives

Julie Ratcliffe, Mandy Ryan, Janet Tucker

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Abstract


Objectives: To compare the costs to the health service, women and their families of routine antenatal care provided by either traditional obstetrician-led shared care or general practitioner (GP)/community midwife care.Method: A multicentre randomized controlled trial in 51 general practices linked to nine maternity hospitals in Scotland: 1667 low-risk pregnant women provided information on costs to the health service. 704 of these women provided information on non-health service costs.Results: GP/midwife antenatal care was found to cost statistically significantly less than shared care. This was the case for investigations carried out at routine antenatal visits (GP/midwife = 87.25 Pounds, shared care = 91.15 Pounds, P = 0.05), staffing costs at routine antenatal visits (GP/midwife = 127.76 Pounds, shared care = 131.09 Pounds, P = 0.001), and non-health service costs incurred by women and their companions (GP/midwife = 118.53 Pounds, shared care = 133.49 Pounds, P = 0.001). While non-routine care in the GP/midwife arm of the trial costs less than in the shared care arm, the difference was not statistically significant (GP/midwife = 83.74 Pounds, shared care = 94.43 Pounds, P = 0.46). The total societal cost of antenatal care was 417.28 Pounds per women in the GP/midwife arm of the trial and 450.19 Pounds in the shared care arm of the trial. This difference was statistically significant (P < 0.001). The application of sensitivity analysis did not change these results.Conclusions: GP/midwife antenatal care is a satisfactory option for low-risk pregnant women in Scotland provided that clinical outcomes and women's satisfaction are at least the same as those of women with shared care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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