Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program
Register Now to attend the first OB COAP annual meeting
May 14th 2012, 12:00 PM – 6:30 PM.
Come hear Governor Chris Gregoire talk about the importance of the quality improvement work being done in the State of Washington. Following this lunch presentation, Dr. Ellie Kauffman will review the OB COAP outcomes for 2011 and engage the audience in a discussion about the goals for OB COAP, process and outcomes measures of importance to the group, upcoming changes to the database, and future directions. The day will conclude with a special reception presentation by Dr. Abraham Verghese, physician and bestselling author of Cutting for Stone.
Registration is $40, which includes lunch and parking. If your hospital is currently a member of OB COAP, your registration fee is included in your membership.
OB COAP Opportunity
Approximately 90,000 births occur in Washington State each year in 69 hospitals and midwife attended birth centers or in homes. Significant variations exist in the care provided to these women. Cesarean section rates vary between 15% and 48% – regardless of hospital size, practitioner type, use of standardized protocols, or level of care provided. Obstetrical care lags behind many other specialties that have developed evidence-based best practice guidelines and protocols. OB COAP will use provider-specific, clinical chart abstracted data about the care given to women during labor, delivery and the postpartum period, and will note any neonatal complications. These data will be analyzed to evaluate different interventions commonly used in labor and delivery and compare implications of care decisions. These analyses will include the role of the practitioner, the facility, gestational age of the baby, presence or absence of medical and/or obstetrical complications to help determine optimal delivery management.
OB COAP Participation
- OB COAP officially launched in spring 2010 and hospitals may join at any time.
- Enrollment is open to hospitals of any size, location, and level of care.
- Information from 100% of deliveries is entered into an online database that provides immediate access to a site’s own data. Aggregation and analysis occur quarterly, with aggregate and site-specific reports provided.
- Contact OB COAP staff for more information.
OB COAP Overview
- The Background and Rationale behind OB COAP
- A sample of results from the 6 month pilot
- Advantages to participation in OB COAP
- The experiences of some of the pilot program participants
- Logistics for joining OB COAP
The Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (OB COAP) is designed to facilitate physician leaders and hospitals working together in a voluntary and collaborative way to review clinical outcomes data and seek improvements in labor and delivery care.
OB COAP is a new project of the Foundation for Health Care Quality (FHCQ) a nationally recognized not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation that has conducted physician-led research for over 20 years. OB COAP will add to this solid track record to address and improve obstetric care in Washington State.