March 2020 Update
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Inequities in perinatal health care are unacceptable, and quality and safety initiatives are needed to ensure equitable care for all women and newborns.As we prepare to care for perinatal patients who may become infected with nCOVID-19 let's work to eliminate disparities in readiness, recognition, response, and reporting.
Last year, I published a paper with David K. Jones, PhD and Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP that used an Ishikawa (fish bone) diagram format and the Socio-Ecological Model to develop the Socio-Ecological Perinatal Disparities Ishikawa Diagram.
This QI tool is recommended to help determine root cause and can be used along with additional quality and safety strategies to guide national, state, and hospital-based efforts to eliminate disparities in perinatal outcomes and to ensure equity for all women and newborns.
-Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN