Evaluating innovations in maternity care: methodological approaches to a baseline postal survey.
Jane Yelland, Stephanie Brown, Ann Krastev
Birth | Published : 2003
BACKGROUND: A network of four public maternity hospitals in Melbourne, Australia, has implemented a range of initiatives aimed at improving maternity care. Comprehensive evaluation aims to determine whether or not the maternity service enhancement strategies have led to improvements in women's views and experiences of care. This paper discusses the baseline survey study design and methodological issues associated with the recruitment and reminder processes. METHOD: All women who gave birth over a 14-week period in 1999 at one of the four maternity units, except those who had a stillbirth or neonatal death, were invited to participate in the baseline postal survey. Questionnaires were sent to..View full abstract