Patient safety

The Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration

WHO is pleased to launch a collaborative field-testing exercise to explore implementation and usability of the checklist in multiple settings. WHO encourages the participation of health-care, research or academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and others organizations interested in improving maternal and newborn health. Participants from around the world are invited to conduct implementation research and generate information on the most effective ways of implementing and using the checklist in multiple settings.

The Collaboration aims to jointly advance the understanding about the effective use and scale-up of the Checklist and provide a platform for the learning and sharing of experiences. Through it, WHO aims to address important knowledge gaps, such as:

  • acceptability, feasibility, and usability of the Checklist;
  • compliance with best practices through use of the Checklist;
  • mechanisms and resources that facilitate or hinder use of the Checklist, including cost issues, staffing, training, timing, organizational impact, related procedures, etc.;
  • barriers, success factors and conditions to facilitate its scaling-up in settings of varying complexity, organizational and safety cultures, and socio-economic levels.

Examples of research questions are:

  • How effective is the Checklist in facilitating compliance with best practices?
  • How can it best be implemented in low income settings?
  • What training is necessary and for how long?
  • What are the factors that will facilitate or enable its sustained use over time?
  • Who can best use the Checklist? In which way?
  • What are the costs of using the Checklist?
  • How is the Checklist accepted by health-care staff in various health-care settings?

WHO welcomes additional questions and topics of investigation.