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Rates of major obstetrical complications vary almost fivefold among US hospitals

from Health Affairs

Of the approximately four million women who give birth each year in the United States, nearly 13 percent experience one or more major complications. But the extent to which the rates of major obstetrical complications vary across hospitals in the United States is unknown. Researchers used multivariable logistic regression models to examine the variation in obstetrical complication outcomes across U.S. hospitals among a large, nationally representative sample of more than 750,000 obstetrical deliveries in 2010. They found that 22.55 percent of patients delivering vaginally at low-performing hospitals experienced major complications, compared to 10.42 percent of similar patients delivering vaginally at high-performing hospitals. more


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