Evidence-Based Maternity Care/Evidence-Based Health Care Resources

Childbirth Connection's Resources Relating to Evidence-Based Maternity Care/Evidence-Based Health Care

Childbirth Connection provides in-depth coverage of maternity care that is consistent with results from the best available research. We give you tools to understand and seek such care. We use principles for evidence-based maternity care when developing our website content.

Evidence-Based Maternity Care: provides an overview of what we mean by "evidence-based maternity care" and why it is important

Informed Decision Making, Informed Consent or Refusal: explains what it means to make informed decisions and offers information to guide you through your decision-making process

Evidence-Based Maternity Care Directory:
this and other resources in our Health Professionals area include many items that could be of interest to pregnant women

Other Resources Relating to Evidence-Based Maternity Care/Evidence-Based Health Care

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare: interactive, feature-rich website for the public and full text of 2011 book explaining the importance of making health care decisions that are informed by trustworthy research about effects of treatments, from the James Lind Library.

Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE): CUE is a pioneering effort to improve consumers' ability to engage in and demand high quality health care. Childbirth Connection and other member organizations work in partnership with the US Cochrane Center and other scientists to strengthen the voice of consumers and provide leadership in health care research.

Video about CUE: meet CUE leaders (including Childbirth Connection Executive Director Maureen Corry) and learn: why CUE is needed, what CUE works toward and what groups are active in CUE.

Video "What is the Cochrane Collaboration?": Hear Cochrane contributors and staff discuss the Collaboration's work and impact, in a series of 2006 interviews.

Cochrane CollaborationThe US Cochrane Center: is a partner of CUE, with a primary mission of making systematic reviews of the effects of health care widely available and promoting the Cochrane Collaboration, its objectives and The Cochrane Library in the United States.

Cochrane CollaborationThe Cochrane Collaboration: is an international not for profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care interventions readily available worldwide.

Cochrane CollaborationThe Cochrane Library: contains high quality, independent evidence to inform health care decision-making. The search function, and abstracts and "plain language summaries" to all Cochrane systematic reviews, are freely available to all.

Cochrane CollaborationCochrane Summaries: search for abstracts and plain language summaries of Cochrane reviews, along with links to full reviews and other resources.

The Cochrane Consumer NetworkCochrane Consumer Network: coordinates the involvement of consumers within the Cochrane Collaboration, and works to ensure that the perspective and needs of consumers are incorporated into Cochrane systematic reviews and into the operation of the Cochrane Collaboration.

Consumer Involvement in Guideline Development: Why and How to Participate: this video, written and recorded for CUE by Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, explains the importance of involving consumers in meaningful ways throughout the development of clinical practice guidelines and summarizes the process of guideline development. Dr. Rosenfeld is an experienced guideline developer and Chair of the Guidelines International Network’s North American Community.

The Cochrane Consumer NetworkUnderstanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action: this web course was created by the US Cochrane Center as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE), and is designed to help consumer advocates understand basic evidence-based health care concepts and skills.

Making sense of research and evidence: An interactive online course: developed by the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, these tools are available for all health care consumers, to help improve familiarity with the Cochrane Collaboration, systematic reviews, and opportunities for consumer involvement.

Maternity Matters Maternity Matters: Why should we be concerned about the state of maternity care?: The National Coordinating Group on Health Care Reform and Women, a Canadian initiative, issued this report on maternity care that may be of interest to pregnant women (PDF).
Cochrane CollaborationJust the facts ma'am: A Woman's Guide for Understanding Evidence about Health and Health Care: Additionally, the National Coordinating Group on Health Care Reform and Women published this report on understanding evidence-based health care (PDF).

Most recent page update: 11/27/2012

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