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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
School of Public Health
Division of Health Policy and Management

PI: Katy B. Kozhimannil

Variations in Hospital-Based Women’s Health Care

This project uses publicly available, de-identified, hospital discharge data from the national Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) to look at variations in practice patterns and clinical outcomes for a series of women’s health issues, as well as racial/ethnic disparities in care. This researcher is leading a portion of this work focusing on variations in childbirth and newborn care in order to identify both successes and continuing concerns. The aim is to examine measures of quality for mothers and their babies, drawing on the National Quality Forum’s Perinatal Care Performance Measurement Set to look at outcomes such as cesarean delivery, episiotomy, birth trauma rate, low birth weight, infant vaccination, and GBS-related hospitalizations. The ultimate goal is to add to existing knowledge of perinatal care patterns and variations in clinical outcomes and also to characterize different dimensions of the quality of perinatal care and identify areas for improvement.