Research Article

Quality of obstetric care provided for Asian immigrants in Leicestershire.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: (Published 19 February 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:621
  1. M Clarke,
  2. D G Clayton


    Between 1976 and 1981 some 939 perinatal deaths occurred to women living in Leicestershire, of which 128 (14%) were to Asian women. The qualifications of the general practitioners, the gestation at which women start antenatal care, and perinatal death were used as structural, process, and outcome measures for evaluating the services provided to Asian immigrants within this population. Perinatal deaths were divided into four groups: congenital malformation, macerated stillbirth, asphyxia in labour, and immaturity. Asian mothers had one and a half times the risk of perinatal mortality when social class, parity, height, legitimacy, and the general practitioner's qualifications were taken into account. Asian and non-Asian mothers with general practitioners who were not on the obstetric list had more than twice the risk of a perinatal death when a similar adjustment was made. Recommendations include priority allocation of community midwives to practitioners not on the obstetric list, the establishment of postgraduate courses for such doctors, and the continued evaluation of the effect of such proposals on perinatal mortality.

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