HumanInsight Maternal and neonatal risk-appropriate care: gaps, strategies, and areas for further research
J Perinatol. 2023 Jan 11. doi: 10.1038/s41372-022-01580-6. Online ahead of print.
Risk-appropriate care is a strategy to improve perinatal health outcomes by providing care to pregnant persons and infants in facilities with the personnel and services capable of meeting their health needs. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials hosted discussions among state health officials, health agency staff, and clinicians to advance risk-appropriate care. The discussions focused on neonatal levels of care, levels of maternal care, ancillary services utilized for care of both populations including transport and telemedicine, and issues affecting provision of care such as standardization of state policies or approaches, reimbursement for services, gaps in risk-appropriate care, and equity. State-identified implementation strategies for improvement were presented. In this Perspective, we summarize current studies describing provision of risk-appropriate care in the United States, identify gaps in research, and highlight ongoing and proposed activities to address research gaps and support state health officials and clinicians.
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