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Education in obstetrical ultrasound - an important factor for increasing the prenatal detection of congenital heart disease
Sophiahemmet University.
2013 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 92, no 7, 804-808 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of postgraduate education in obstetrical ultrasound on the prenatal detection rate of congenital heart disease. SETTING: Tertiary care center. POPULATION: Experienced and less experienced midwives performing ultrasound scans. METHODS: Number of fetuses and live born children with severe congenital heart malformations were extracted from patient records. The detection rates of experienced and less experienced midwives were compared following a postgraduate training program in obstetrical ultrasound. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The prenatal detection rate of complex congenital heart malformations. RESULTS: The prenatal detection rate for the entire unit increased significantly during the study period (32 vs. 69%, p<0.05). Following education, we observed a significant increase in detection rates (21 vs. 67%, p<0.01) among experienced midwives. In the group of less experienced midwives, we found a positive effect of training with considerably higher detection rates compared to results achieved by their more experienced colleagues prior to the program (40 vs. 21%). CONCLUSION: There is a clear improvement in the prenatal detection rates of complex heart malformations following a postgraduate education in obstetrical ultrasound. Similar training should be offered to both midwives and doctors performing routine scans to increase the standards of antenatal screening for congenital heart disease. © 2013 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica © 2013 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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2013. Vol. 92, no 7, 804-808 p.
Keyword [en]
Prenatal diagnosis, Ultrasound screening, Education, Congenital heart disease
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-1322DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12140PubMedID: 23521227OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-1322DiVA: diva2:615284
Available from: 2013-04-09 Created: 2013-04-09 Last updated: 2014-09-16Bibliographically approved

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