The value of obstetric surveillance systems within the National Health Service
Article first published online: 19 APR 2013
© 2013 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 85–89, April 2013
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Please cite this paper as: The value of obstetric surveillance systems within the National Health Service. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2013;15:85–9., , .
- Issue published online: 19 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 19 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 DEC 2012
- confidential enquiry;
- epidemiological surveillance;
- informed consent;
- observational studies;
- There are several obstetric surveillance systems currently used within the National Health Service (NHS).
- These systems employ a variety of techniques to monitor a range of important health conditions and medical services.
- Uses of surveillance data include monitoring disease, clinical audit, research and resource planning.
- A surveillance system must be designed appropriately if it is to achieve its desired purpose and remain a justifiable use of public funds.
- To be able to identify the different surveillance system types currently employed within obstetrics and their appropriate uses.
- To understand the advantages and limitations of surveillance system data in obstetrics.
- To appreciate the importance of appropriate surveillance system design in generating useful data.
- Surveillance systems contain large volumes of personal data. Relevant legal permissions are required to collect, store and permit access to such data that is often collected without explicit consent.