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BackgroundAudit of facility-based care provided to small and sick newborns is a quality improvement initiative that helps to identify the modifiable gaps in newborn care (BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14: 280, 2014). The aim of this work was to identify literature on modifiable factors in the care of newborns in the newborn units in health facilities in low-middle-income countries (LMICs). We also set out to design a measure of the quality of the perinatal and newborn audit process.MethodsThe scoping review was conducted using the methodology outlined by Arksey and O'Malley and refined by Levac et al, (Implement Sci 5:1-9, 2010). We reported our results using the PRISMA Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) guidelines. We identified seven factors to ensure a successful audit process based on World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations which we subsequently used to develop a quality of audit process score.Data sourcesWe conducted a structured search using PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE, LILACS, POPLINE and African Index Medicus.Study selectionStudies published in English between 1965 and December 2019 focusing on the identification of modifiable factors through clinical or mortality audits in newborn care in health facilities from LMICs.Data extractionWe extracted data on the study characteristics, modifiable factors and quality of audit process indicators.ResultsA total of six articles met the inclusion criteria. Of these, four were mortality audit studies and two were clinical audit studies that we used to assess the quality of the audit process. None of the studies were well conducted, two were moderately well conducted, and four were poorly conducted. The modifiable factors were divided into three time periods along the continuum of newborn care. The period of newborn unit care had the highest number of modifiable factors, and in each period, the health worker related modifiable factors were the most dominant.ConclusionBased on the significant number of modifiable factors in the newborn unit, a neonatal audit tool is essential to act as a structured guide for auditing newborn unit care in LMICs. The quality of audit process guide is a useful method of ensuring high quality audits in health facilities.

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/s12887-021-02965-w

Type

Journal

BMC pediatrics

Publication Date

18/02/2022

Volume

22

Addresses

Health Services Unit, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, 197 Lenana Place, Lenana Road, P. O. Box 43640, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya. mogola@kemri-wellcome.org.