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Empirical data on the organisation of maternity and neonatal units in Europe to be used for developing common norms for defining levels of obstetrical

Several European initiatives have proposed common norms for the definition of levels of perinatal care. The EURO-PERISTAT project, a project financed within the EU Public Health Programme to develop indicators for monitoring perinatal health in the European union has recommended as one of its indicators the % of babies <32 weeks of gestational age born in a maternity with on-site intensive care. The feasibility study undertaken by this project showed that without further work on harmonising the definitions of perinatal units, this indicator could not be operationalised. The MOSAIC study provides the empirical basis for completing this work. These data will also make it possible to formulate common policy initiative in Europe with respect to this group of high risk babies by standardising definitions of structures of care.

END USERS OF THIS RESULT: Health policy makers seeking to evaluate care in their countries, European level bodies seeking to assess quality of perinatal health care among members states, regional governments modifying policy, professional societies seeking to elaborate guidelines, clinicians interested in contrasting their own results with those in other organisational contexts.

DISSEMINATION STRATEGY: working with the EURO-PERISTAT project, publishing MOSAIC findings in the scientific literature both internationally and in national medical journals within the MOSAIC regions.

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