Investigating Handover in Maternity Care

Maternity care is a key period for healthcare provision and linked with numerous Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to mother and infant’s health. Moving beyond the provision of maternity care services, it is the quality of the care that determines mother and child outcomes

african mother with babyDuring labour, or admission in the wards due to antenatal or post-natal complications, quality of shift-to-shift handover communication is essential to ensure a seamless and effective care from the mothers. Equally the quality of recording and transmission of information in maternity cards or other documents before and after delivery, complications can lead to maternal and neonatal problems or even death.

Clinical Handover in Maternity Care in India

In 2015, we conducted two projects in maternity units in Cochin hospitals in Kerala. These were the first to explore shift-to-shift handover and handover at admission/discharge in maternity wards in LMICC. The project protocols are available on the link below as is the one published study. Other draft publications are available on request from Dr Semira Manaseki-Holland.

Outputs

Publications:

The project protocols are available on the link below as is the one published study. Other draft publications are available on request fromDr Semira Manaseki-Holland.

Sheikh Aadil, Jessica Dunphy, Claire Humphries, Christina MacArthur,Semira Manaseki-Holland. Maternity handover in Kerala: a cross sectional study. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health [Online], 5.9 (2018): 3760-3766. 

Research Team and Partners 

  • Dr Semira Manaseki-Holland, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Sanjeev Singh, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Cochin, India
  • Professor Christine MacArthur, Professor of Maternal and Child Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Jessica Dunphy,  BMedSci 3rd year medical student, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Lucy Pitcher, BMedSci 3rd year medical student, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Sheikh Aadil, MBCHB medical student, University of Birmingham, UK 
  • Dr Claire Humphries, PhD student, University of Birmingham, UK

Clinical Handover in Maternity Care in The Gambia

Outputs

Publications:

Gustafsson L, Lu F, Rickard F, MacArthur C, Cummins C, Coker I, Mane K, Manneh K, Wilson A, Manaseki-Holland S. The content and completeness of women-held maternity documents before admission for labour: A mixed methods study in Banjul, The Gambia. PLoS One. 2020 Mar 6;15(3):e0230063. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230063. 

Research Team and Project Partners 

  • Dr Semira Manaseki-Holland,Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Christine MacArthur,Professor of Maternal and Child Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Carole Cummings,Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Amie Wilson 
  • Dr Emma Danks
  • Dr Alice Sitch,Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Ms Tiffany Gooden, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Lotta Gustafsson, BMedSci 3rdyear medical student, Univ ersity of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Fides Lu, BMedSci 3rd year medical student, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Faith Rickard, BMedSci 3rd year medical student, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, Chief Medical Director, Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, Gambia
  • Mr. Malang Ndong, Hospital Administrator (2015) ,Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, Gambia
  • Mr. Kebba Manneh, Chief Executive Officer (2015 ),Serekunda General Hospital, Gambia
  • Mr. Kebba Mane, Chief Executive Officer, Bundung Maternal and Child Hospital
  • Mr. Ivan Coker, Senior Hospital Administrator (2015), Bundung Maternal and Child Hospital