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Economics of childbirth
Article first published online: 17 APR 2013
© 2013 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica © 2013 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Volume 92, Issue 5, pages 508–516, May 2013
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Economics of childbirth.. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2013; 92: 508–516., , , , .
- Issue published online: 17 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 17 APR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 20 FEB 2013 12:12AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 10 AUG 2012
- National Maternity Hospital Research Fund
- National Maternity Hospital
- Alternative modes of delivery;
- cesarean section;
- economic evaluation;
- resource use
Increasing birth rates have raised questions for policy makers and hospital management about the economic costs of childbirth.
The purpose of this article is to identify and review all existing scientific studies in relation to the economic costs of alternative modes of childbirth delivery and to highlight deficiencies in the existing scientific research.
We searched Cochrane, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, EconLit, the Excerpta Medica Database, the Health Economic Evaluations Database, MEDLINE and PubMed.
Thirty articles are included in this review. The main findings suggest that there is no internationally acceptable childbirth cost and clinical outcome classification system that allows for comparisons across different delivery modes.
This review demonstrates that a better understanding and classification of the costs and associated clinical outcomes of childbirth is required to allow for valid comparisons between maternity units, and to inform policy makers and hospital management.