25 May 2010

C-section rates down to doc preference

The number of Caesarean sections performed at hospitals is highly variable, Canadian researchers have found.

The number of Caesarean sections performed at hospitals is highly variable, Canadian researchers have found.

Even when accounting for differences in women's preferences and conditions that could complicate vaginal delivery, C-section rates varied from less than 15% to morethan 27% of all births.

"Thus, our results illustrate what we believe to be 'unwarranted variation,'" the researchers write in the latest issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology, noting that mothers requested C-sections in only 2% of the cases.

As a result, the researchers write, "we suggest that revising the current guidelines regarding the management of (difficult labor) may be a good starting point on the road to decreasing unwarranted variation in cesarean delivery and assisted vaginal delivery rates." - (Reuters Health, May 2010)


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