Collaboration for Antepartum Risk Evaluation

2016-05-31 15:08:22 | BioPortfolio


Perinatal outcomes in the US rank behind most other developed countries even though women in the US utilize more maternity services. Current approaches to consultation and collaboration among perinatal care providers, including nurse-midwives, obstetricians, and perinatologists, fragment care resulting in communication errors and maternal dissatisfaction. The CARE study will test an innovative interdisciplinary consult visit to improve communication, teamwork, maternal satisfaction, and perinatal outcomes.


Perinatal outcomes in the United States rank below many other developed countries. National organizations, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have called for women to utilize the level and provider of maternity services that meet their personal and medical needs. This leveled approach to care requires consultation and collaboration among providers to ensure women receive appropriate services. While national and international organizations have called for team-based maternity care, current models can fragment services, increasing the risk of communication errors. Women can feel disenfranchised by models that do not meet their needs and opt out of beneficial services altogether.

Currently, there is not evidence on effective interdisciplinary models of maternity care. The Collaboration for Antepartum Risk Evaluation (CARE) study will use a randomized design to systematically test the effect of interdisciplinary consults on women and providers. The two aims of the study are: (1) evaluate the effect of collaborative vs individual consults on participant outcomes including communication quality (using the Communication Assessment Tool, team version), maternal satisfaction (using a modified Satisfaction with Prenatal Care measure), semi-structured interviews, adherence to the developed plan of care, and perinatal outcomes; (2) evaluate the effect of the CARE clinic on providers using the Communication Assessment Tool- team version, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) questionnaire, and semi-structured interviews.

The CARE study will provide valuable information on effective models for patient-centered maternity care. The AHRQ K08 will allow Dr. Philippi to implement the CARE study and facilitate her growth into a national leader in midwifery and health services research.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Health Services Research


Prenatal Care


Collaborative Care, Comparison Care- Usual Care + primary midwife


Vanderbilt School of Nursing
United States


Not yet recruiting


Vanderbilt University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-05-31T15:08:22-0400

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