Evidence-based medicine provides practical tools for assessing and improving the quality of healthcare. This chapter will provide an overview of the application of evidence-based medicine concepts to the measurement of quality of care in obstetrics and gynecology. Examples of interventions to improve the quality of care in obstetrics and gynecology will also be reviewed. Finally, the principle of evidence-based management of obstetrics and gynecologic services will be described.
*Emory University Center for Clinical Evaluation Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia
†Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
‡Kerr L. White Institute for Health Services Research, Decatur, Georgia
Correspondence: David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, Decatur Plaza, Suite 610, 101 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030.