• Journal Article

Use of antenatal corticosteroids at health facilities and communities in low-and-middle income countries

Citation

Berrueta, M., Hemingway-Foday, J., Thorsten, V., Goldenberg, R. L., Carlo, W. A., Garces, A., ... Althabe, F. (2016). Use of antenatal corticosteroids at health facilities and communities in low-and-middle income countries. Reproductive Health, 13, e66. DOI: 10.1186/s12978-016-0176-2

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) for women at high risk of preterm birth is an effective intervention to reduce neonatal mortality among preterm babies delivered in hospital settings, but has not been widely used in low-middle resource settings. We sought to assess the rates of ACS use at all levels of health care in low and middle income countries (LMIC). METHODS: We assessed rates of ACS in 7 sites in 6 LMIC participating in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Global Network for Women and Children's Health Research Antenatal Corticosteroids Trial (ACT), a cluster-randomized trial to assess the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of a multifaceted intervention designed to increase the use of ACS. We conducted this analysis using data from the control clusters, which did not receive any components of the intervention and intended to follow usual care. We included women who delivered an infant with a birth weight