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 addtional review of alternative schedules can be found in a control study found here, as well as a study conducted by Kaiser. Whats the key take away? In major developed countries, the reduced frequency of visits did not show statistically significant difference in maternal and fetal outcomes. However, a reduction in visits could potentially impact patient satisfaction and patient-provider 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 the centering program, which uses physicians helpers in group prenatal care for low risk patients, and the OB Nest program implemented at Mayo.
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 major conferences such as ACOG and March of Dimes. Furthermore, you can find our white paper with results on compliance and engagement below.
We are also conducting a controlled study where the key objective is the measure of patient satisfaction and experience with a reduced visit schdule. Finally, we are in the process of embarking on a study that measures the impact of Babyscripts on gestational weight gain.
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