Objectives: In Karnataka state, perinatal mortality rate is almost equal to infant mortality rate. This preliminary study was conducted in two districts of Karnataka to study potential problems to start of perinatal death audit. Methods: Hospitals providing maternal and child health care services, which met study inclusion criteria, in Dakshina Kannada and Koppal Districts were included. Following variables were studied: (i) Documentation and reporting systems in these hospitals; (ii) Role of health care personnel in documentation and reporting (iii) Existing system of audit, if any. Results: Totally 94 hospitals met our criteria with Dakshina Kannda District having 63 (67.02%) and the rest in Koppal District. Documentation and reporting was poor in Koppal District and inadequate in Dakshina Kannada district. Health care personnel were apprehensive about perinatal death audit. Conclusion: Problems identified need to be addressed before starting perinatal death audit.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health