The provision of neonatal services
Data for international comparisons
Michael Hallsworth, Alice Farrands, Wija J. Oortwijn, Evi Hatziandreu
RAND Europe - 2008 RAND Corporation
Full document online PDF [183p.] at: http://rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2008/RAND_TR515.pdf
Summary PDF [9p.] at: http://rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2008/RAND_TR515.sum.pdf
“…..This report gathers information on the provision of neonatal services in seven countries: the UK nations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the United States of America, Canada, Sweden, and Australia.
The report was produced to support the National Audit Office’s (NAO) Value for Money study of neonatal services in
The report presents a comparative analysis of neonatal services, followed by chapters on specific countries. The information is presented along five research dimensions defined by the National Audit Office:
1) trends in high-risk births and associated outcomes, including mortality and co-morbidities;
2) organisation and scale of neonatal services;
3) neonatal transport services;
4) costs of neonatal services and
5) best practices for infants and their families.
The study found that all countries studied use neonatal networks, although with varying levels of formalisation, that low staffing is a pervasive problem for
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