However, 30 years after the initial IOM study, a retrospective review has shown that, while the number of visits has increased, the rate of low birthweight babies has not decreased.
An additional review of alternative schedules can be found in a control study found here, as well as a study conducted by Kaiser. What's the key take away? In most developed countries, the reduced frequency of visits did not show a statistically significant difference in maternal and fetal outcomes. However, a reduction in visits could potentially impact patient satisfaction and Provider-patient intimacy.
Several programs have been created to augment a reduced visit schedule to maintain or increase patient satisfaction for low risk pregnancies. These programs include centering program, which uses physician helpers in group prenatal care for low risk patients, and the OB Nest program implemented at the Mayo Clinic.
At Babyscripts, we are leveraging technology to offer something we call precision prenatal care. Our program has been a part of multiple studies, which have been presented at conferences such as ACOG and March of Dimes, and published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). Furthermore, you can find our white paper with results on compliance and engagement below.
In 2016, we completed a controlled study where the key objective is the measure of patient satisfaction and experience with a reduced visit schedule. Finally, we are in the process of embarking on a study that measures the impact of Babyscripts on gestational weight gain, as well as a study to measure the impact of Babyscripts on prenatal and postpartum quality metrics.
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