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- Methods of surveillance in obstetric practice within the National Health Service (NHS)
- The purpose of surveillance in obstetrics
- Surveillance system design and limitations
- 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.