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Quality of Neonatal Intensive Care and Outcome for High-Risk Newborn Infants

  • Liz McKechnieEmail author
  • Kathryn Johnson
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It is generally accepted that neonatal outcome is related to the quality of care an infant receives, and therefore it should be closely monitored in order to improve outcome. Quality in neonatal care is a complex subject, but improving quality is a goal to which all neonatologists should aspire. Ongoing quality assessment needs to be implemented in order to improve care such as audit, benchmarking, and confidential enquiries, which are discussed below. Traditional measures of outcome such as death, neurodevelopmental status, and chronic lung disease are also discussed in detail later in this chapter. Improving quality of care can additionally be achieved by implementing modern, effective, evidence-based methods of knowledge translation in order to increase the use of evidence-based healthcare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Newborn CareLeeds Teaching Hospitals TrustLeedsUK

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