Sexual and reproductive health

Evidence-led obstetric care

Report of a WHO meeting

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Evidence-led obstetric care. Report of a WHO meeting : Geneva, Switzerland, 28-30 January 2004

Publication details

Number of pages: 52
Publication date: 2007
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/07.1 - Web only


The report is based on a meeting entitled “The Reproductive Health Library and beyond: influencing policy and changing practice”, held in Geneva on 28–30 January 2004 under the auspices of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organization.

The meeting focused on ways of promoting evidence-based care in the area of pregnancy and childbirth, using the WHO Reproductive Health Library (RHL) as a source of systematic review evidence. Researchers and clinicians attending this meeting analysed various approaches and projects which had been implemented to promote the RHL as a tool for policy-making and practice change. The meeting reviewed the lessons learnt from such experiences and strove to determine how they could be used to inform future strategy.