By Christine H. Morton, PhD
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has undertaken the reVITALize Project and they want your help, thoughts and input. A significant revolution is underway in maternity care. With increased attention on maternal health outcomes, the measurement and reporting of key maternal quality metrics is on the agenda of childbearing women, maternal health advocates, payers and purchasers, hospitals, regulatory agencies and maternity care clinicians. An important element of this revolution is an effort to clearly define what we mean when we talk about pregnancy and childbirth in the data sources most utilized in developing these measures – patient medical charts, registries, electronic medical records, patient discharge data, and our vital statistics (birth certificates).
This is an important and critical opportunity for all stakeholders in US Maternity Care to contribute to the national dialogue on measuring maternal health outcomes.
From the ACOG website:
The reVITALize Obstetric Data Definitions Conference in early August 2012 brought together over 80 national leaders in women’s health care with the common goal of standardizing clinical obstetric data definitions for use in registries, electronic medical record systems, and vital statistics. Over the course of the two-day in-person meeting and the months that followed, more than 60 obstetrical definitions were reviewed, discussed, and refined. Data elements included: induction of labor, gestational age and term, parity, TOLAC, and more. The full executive summary of the reVITALize Obstetric Data Definitions Conference can be read here.
The public comment period for the definitions of these data elements ends January 15, 2013. To submit comments, click on one of the category links below to open the respective Public Comment form. The data elements contained within each Public Comment form have been grouped according to category; the data elements assigned to each category are listed under the category heading below. You are permitted to comment on any number of categories. You can also view an alphabetical listing of all data elements available for comment here.
- Cesarean Delivery
- Date of Delivery
- Forceps Assistance
- Perineal Lacerations
- Placenta Accreta
- Primary Cesarean Delivery
- Repeat Cesarean Delivery
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery
- Vacuum Assistance
- Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
- Vertex Presentation
- Early Term
- Full Term
- Late Term
- Post Term
- Estimated Date of Delivery
- Gestational Age (calculation formula)
- Artificial Rupture of Membranes
- Augmentation of Labor
- Duration of Ruptured Membranes
- Induction of Labor
- Labor After Cesarean
- Non-Medically Indicated Induction of Labor or Cesarean Delivery
- Number of Centimeters Dilated on Admission
- Onset of Labor
- Pharmacologic Induction of Labor
- Physiologic Childbirth
- Pre-Labor Rupture of Membranes
- Spontaneous Labor and Birth
- Spontaneous Onset of Labor
- Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes
- Antenatal Small for Gestational Age
- Any Antenatal Steroids
- Clinical Chorioamnionitis
- Early Postpartum Hemorrhage
- Oligohydramnios – HOLD; Pending Further Revision
- Polyhydramnios – HOLD: Pending Further Revision
- Chronic Hypertension
- Maternal Weight Gain During Pregnancy
- Non-Cesarean Uterine Surgery
- Positive GBS Risk Status
- Pre-Gestational Diabetes
How to Submit Effective Comments
In order to make the process as productive as possible, please keep the following in mind when commenting:
- Be clear. Clearly identify the issues on which you are commenting and explain your reasons for your position.
- Be concise. Although there is no minimum or maximum requirement for comments, it is best to keep your comments short and to the point.
- Suggest alternatives. If you identify a problem with the proposed definition on which you are commenting, consider suggesting an alternative.
- Spread the word. If you know others who can provide helpful comments, please direct them to www.acog.org/revitalize for more information.
What happens to comments after they are submitted?
All comments received during the Public Comment period will be reviewed and logged for consideration and careful review by reVITALize leadership. The leadership teams are comprised of both clinical and operational members. Comments will be reviewed and responded to accordingly and will help to form the basis for any additional changes that need to be made to the refined definitions prior to final approval. Should comments require further clarification, the individual submitting the comment may be contacted during the review period to obtain any clarifying information needed to make an informed and appropriate decision regarding a potential revision.
Thank you for your help in making this initiative a success! Any questions or concerns should be directed to QI@acog.org