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Table 3 Key messages - Facility level

From: Approaches to improve Quality of Care (QoC) for women and newborns: conclusions, evidence gaps and research priorities

• Much of the data has been collected in high- resource settings. More evidence from low-resource settings needs to be generated.

• Regional and urban/rural discrepancies within countries need to be examined.

• More interventions need to be evaluated using quality maternal health indicators as an outcome.

• Indicators of quality care need to be standardized to facilitate the evaluation of quality improvement efforts

• Strengthening health information systems is required to evaluate many interventions’ effectiveness.

• Evidence on the sustainability of proven interventions should be generated, including evidence on feasibility of implementation and scale up in a variety of settings.

• Current efforts to improve quality of care and maternal and newborn health outcomes in developing countries should have a strong evaluation component to contribute to the evidence base.

• Mixed method approaches to evaluation would add depth to the evidence and would uncover hidden barriers and supporting factors for implementation and scale up of best practices.