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The development of a classification system for maternity models of care


Donnolley, N and Butler-Henderson, K and Chapman, M and Sullivan, E, The development of a classification system for maternity models of care, Health Information Management Journal, 45, (2) pp. 64-70. ISSN 1833-3583 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1833358316639454


© The Author(s) 2016.Background: A lack of standard terminology or means to identify and define models of maternity care in Australia has prevented accurate evaluations of outcomes for mothers and babies in different models of maternity care. Objective: As part of the Commonwealth-funded National Maternity Data Development Project, a classification system was developed utilising a data set specification that defines characteristics of models of maternity care. Method: The Maternity Care Classification System or MaCCS was developed using a participatory action research design that built upon the published and grey literature. Results: The study identified the characteristics that differentiate models of care and classifies models into eleven different Major Model Categories. Conclusion: The MaCCS will enable individual health services, local health districts (networks), jurisdictional and national health authorities to make better informed decisions for planning, policy development and delivery of maternity services in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Classification; Data Collection; Health Information Systems; Health Care Evaluation
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Butler-Henderson, K (Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
ID Code:106313
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2016-02-04
Last Modified:2017-11-05

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