Quality Assessment of Antenatal Care by the Tracer Method

  • P. Buekens
Conference paper
Part of the Health Systems Research book series (HEALTH)


Antenatal care of normal pregnant women is an important function of primary health care. Methods of quality assessment of antenatal care are needed. In this study we intend to evaluate the continuity of the screening process in antenatal care. Our methodology derives from the Kessner tracer method (1973). Kessner attempted to simplify the evaluation process by examining the care of a relatively small group of representative health problems named “tracers”. These tracers have to be well defined, to be highly prevalent, to have an impact on the health and this impact should be influenced by patient care.


Antenatal Care Performance Score Explicit Criterion Normal Pregnant Woman Tracer Tracer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Buekens
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  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Epidémiologie et de Médecine SocialeUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

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