The design and implementation of an obstetric triage system for unscheduled pregnancy related attendances: a mixed methods evaluation

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Kenyon et al (2017) described the evaluation of a maternity triage system, featuring the midwifery-led assessment of urgency of women presenting to a maternity unit.


This midwife-led study investigated the inter-operator reliability of the assessment tool and midwives’ views regarding its use.  It found the assessment tool decreased waiting times, was reliable across users, and perceived well by midwives.  The study authors recommend the implementation of the assessment system as a way of improving and standardising the organisation of care. If successfully implemented, this will have the potential to reduce unwarranted variation in organising urgent midwifery care.