Prof R.C. Pattinson
This Unit was established
in September 1997 and strives to increase the quality of life of South African
mothers and their babies.
Its mission is to develop
health strategies at primary and secondary care levels for mothers and infants
by researching solutions to specific problems which are generally acceptable
to the women, health care workers and health administrators involved.
Each research programme
runs through four phases:
- identifying the respective
problem by developing audit systems;
- developing a solution
either by performing systematic reviews of the literature (within the Cochrane
Collaboration) or by clinical research;
- implementing the proposed
- testing the effect
by using the audit systems already in place.
The Unit uses the ICA
Solution audit system as a basis for identifying the problems. The Perinatal
Problem Identification Programme (PPIP) - a computer-based perinatal care
audit system - was the original system that was developed using the ICA Solution
audit system, and the methodology has since been expanded over the years to
include audits on severe maternal morbidity, maternal mortality and infant