Too few staff, too many patients: a qualitative study of the impact on obstetric care providers and on quality of care in Malawi

by Susan Bradley, Francis Kamwendo, Effie Chipeta et al.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015, 15:65, (21 March 2015)

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http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/s12884-015-0492-5.pdflogo

This study revealed the difficult circumstances under which maternity staff are operating and the professional and emotional toll this exacts. Systems failures and inadequate human resource management are key contributors to the gaps in provision of obstetric care and need to be addressed. Thoughtful strategies that match supply to demand, coupled with targeted efforts to support health workers, are necessary to mitigate the effects of working in this context and to improve the quality of obstetric care for women in Malawi.

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