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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 3308-3314

Situation of labour room documentation at secondary level public health facilities of Cuttack district, Odisha, India – A SWOT analysis

1 Department of Community Medicine, Scientist-D, Regional Medical Research Centre – ICMR, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Senior Research Fellow, Regional Medical Research Centre – ICMR, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
3 Director, Regional Medical Research Centre – ICMR, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Subrata Kumar Palo
Regional Medical Research Centre- ICMR, Nalco Square, Bhubaneswar, Odisha - 751023
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_376_20

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Background: Poor documentation practices in labour rooms have been a challenge especially in resource limited countries. This hinders the efforts towards improving quality of maternal healthcare services. Little effort has been made on this regard in many countries including India. SWOT analysis on labour room documentation would be the first step in understanding the situation, barriers and to formulate strategies for improvement. Materials and Methods: Facility based cross-sectional study was carried out in five secondary health facilities of Cuttack district, Odisha, India. A qualitative method using in-depth interviews among 26 healthcare providers was adopted for data collection and inductive content analysis approach for analysis. Strategies like pioneering, positive, conservative and resistive were formulated under each of the three major components identified. Results: Three major components emerged were i) Adherence and completeness of labour room records and reports, ii) Status of the monitoring and supervision and iii) Utilization of labour room data. Improving knowledge and skill through training and supportive supervision, adopting computer-based application for data management, better coordination among supervisors and labour room staff, infrastructural strengthening for documentation and its security, making documentation a priority, more accountability would improve the documentation. Ensuring data analysis and interpretation, discussion in review meetings and regular monitoring and supervision will improve performance. Conclusion: Ensuring documentation of labour room records, regular quality monitoring and supervision, and analysis and interpretation of data are critical to improve labour room performance. Making it a priority and adopting the strategies will achieve the same, thereby better labour outcome.

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