For better care we need better data: towards a national obstetrics registry

Published:October 26, 2022DOI:


      Unacceptably high rates of severe maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States and stark racial disparities in outcomes are generating efforts to improve both research capacity and quality improvement in obstetrical care. Comprehensive, high-quality datasets on which to build these efforts are crucial to the success of obstetrical quality improvement efforts. However, existing data sources in obstetrics have notable limitations. Other medical and surgical specialties have addressed similar challenges through the creation of national registries, and we argue that obstetrics must take the same approach to improve outcomes. In this article, we summarized the current availability and limitations of large-scale data in obstetrics research and compared the data with registries developed in other specialties. Moreover, we have outlined the guiding principles for the development of a national obstetrics registry and have proposed future directions.

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