An estimated 2.6 million newborns died in 2016; over 98.5% of deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Neonates born preterm and small for gestational age are particularly at risk given the high incidence of infectious complications, cardiopulmonary, and neurodevelopmental disorders in this group. Quality improvement (QI) initiatives can reduce the burden of mortality and morbidity for hospitalised newborns in these settings. This article presents a systematic review of evidence from LMICs on QI approaches used, outcome measures employed to estimate effects, and the nature of implementation challenges.
Read the article in Implementation Science here.
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The article is one of the 12 finalists in 2018 Best of UNICEF Research.