Evaluating different types of malpractices in midwifery records referred to the legal medical commission and medical council between 2006 and 2011 in Isfahan province, 2013

Beigi, M.; Asadi, L.; Valiani, M.; Mardani, F.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p47
Academic Journal
Introduction: Medical malpractices in obstetrics are the main health concerns. This study was conducted to evaluate different types of malpractices in midwifery records referred to the legal medical commission and medical council in Isfahan province. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study, we evaluated the data from all midwifery cases referred to the legal medical commission and medical council in Isfahan province between 2006 and 2011 with at least one lawsuit confirmed by the jury. Results: The results of the present study revealed that out of 206 evaluated cases in the legal medical commission and medical council in Isfahan, 66 cases of malpractices- 38 in medical council and 28 in the legal medical commission were included; i.e. 32% of all malpractices in midwifery services between 2006 and 2011. Out of all malpractices, negligence, with 39.2%, imprudence and not considering governmental frames, with 23.5% and 19.6% respectively, stood amongst the most common reported malpractices. Our findings also suggest that the most common malpractices happened in the post-partum period with a frequency of 44.7%; in addition, governmental hospitals were shown to have the most common malpractices with a frequency of 50%. Conclusion: According to our results, malpractices in midwifery services during and after delivery are so common leading to irreversible complications to mothers and neonates' health in the society. On the other hand, considering this point that most of these malpractices are preventable, related education, pertinent plans and correcting surveillance systems to prevent repetition of these malpractices are highly recommended.


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