An evaluation of classification systems for stillbirth

V. Flenady, F.J. Froen, H. Pinar, R. Torabi, E. Saastad, G. Guyon, L. Russell, Adrian Charles, C. Harrison, L. Chauke, R. Pattinson, R. Koshy, s. Bahrin, G. Gardener, K. Day, K. Petersson, A. Gordon, K. Gilshenan

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    BackgroundAudit and classification of stillbirths is an essential part of clinical practice and a crucial step towards stillbirth prevention. Due to the limitations of the ICD system and lack of an international approach to an acceptable solution, numerous disparate classification systems have emerged. We assessed the performance of six contemporary systems to inform the development of an internationally accepted approach.MethodsWe evaluated the following systems: Amended Aberdeen, Extended Wigglesworth; PSANZ-PDC, ReCoDe, Tulip and CODAC. Nine teams from 7 countries applied the classification systems to cohorts of stillbirths from their regions using 857 stillbirth cases. The main outcome measures were: the ability to retain the important information about the death using the InfoKeep rating; the ease of use according to the Ease rating (both measures used a five-point scale with a score
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)Article number 24, 13pp
    JournalBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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