Making the best of the worst: Care quality during emergency cesarean sections

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Objective This study aimed to identify factors influencing mothers’ and their partners’ perceptions of care quality, and to identify associated clinical factors. Methods Questionnaires were developed based on eight interviews with couples after emergency Cesarean Sections (ECS). The internal structure of the questionnaires was examined using Rasch analysis. Cronbach’s alpha was calculated to evaluate internal consistency of questionnaire items. Finally, associations between questionnaire scores and ECS characteristics were determined. Results Thematic analysis of interview data demonstrated that team-dynamics, professionalism, information, safety, leadership and mother-child continuity of care are important to patient- perceived quality of care. Questionnaire responses from 119 women and 95 partners were included in the validation and demonstrated satisfying fit to the Rasch model. The questionnaires had acceptable internal consistency with Cronbach’s alpha 0.8 and 0.7 for mothers and partners, respectively. Perceived quality of care was negatively associated with increasing urgency of the CS. Spearman rank correlation coefficients were -0.34 (p <0.001) and -0.32 (p = 0.004) for mothers and partners, respectively. Perceived quality of care differed significantly across CS indications for both mothers (p = 0.0006) and their partners (p<0.0001). Conclusion Team-dynamics, professionalism, information, safety, leadership and mother-child-continuity affect patients’ perceptions of care. Perceptions of care were highly influenced by CS indications and urgency.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0227988
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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