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Table 3 Overview of reviewed national clinical practice guidelines for maternal care including an assessment of their format

From: 'How to know what you need to do': a cross-country comparison of maternal health guidelines in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Tanzania

  Name of Guideline No. of pages Format
    Usability Applicability
Burkina
Faso
Protocoles De Santé De La
Reproduction - Santé de la femme et du nouveau-né de moins de sept (7) jours (2009)
145 Low:
text written in narrative format, difficult to navigate and find information
Low:
no clear algorithms for decision making
  Carnet de Santé
(Antenatal card)
(No publication date)
35 Medium:
record for ANC visits and delivery, checklists available but limited
Low:
no algorithms for decision making, no partograph to monitor intra-partum care
Ghana National Safe Motherhood
Service Protocol (2008)
128 High:
easy to navigate and find information
High:
clear algorithms for decision-making and managing conditions and complications of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period at different levels of care
  Maternal Health Record Book
(Antenatal card)
(No publication date)
15 Medium:
checklists and record for antenatal,
delivery and postpartum care
Medium:
no algorithms for decision making, partograph to monitor intra-partum care included
Tanzania RCH4
(Antenatal card) (2008)
5 Medium:
checklists and record for antenatal, delivery and postpartum care
Medium:
no algorithms for decision making, partograph to monitor intra-partum care included
  Emergency Obstetric Job Aid (2005) 41 Medium:
easy to navigate but organised by obstetric condition rather than symptoms
High:
clear algorithms for managing complications during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period at different levels of care
  Focused Antenatal Care, Malaria and Syphilis in Pregnancy - Orientation Package for Service Providers (2002) 146 Low:
text written in narrative format, no index, difficult to navigate and find information
Low:
no clear algorithms for decision making