Improving maternal and perinatal outcomes in the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: A vision of a community-focused approach
International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 08/16/2012
von Dadelszen P et al. – The evidence and discussion are presented under the following headings: prediction; prevention; diagnosis; risk stratification; decision aids; treatment; geographic information systems; communication; and community and patient education.
- The hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP; pre–existing hypertension, gestational hypertension, and pre–eclampsia) remain important causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, especially in low– and middle–income countries.
- The paper summarizes the current state of evidence around possible technologies to support community–based improvements in maternal and perinatal outcomes for women with pre–eclampsia.
- Through the testing and, where proven, introduction of these technologies, they believe that HDP–related progress toward achieving Millennium Development Goal 5 can best be accelerated.