Delivering Interventions to Reduce the Global Burden of Stillbirths: Improving Service Supply and Community Demand

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Bhutta, Z. A., Darmstadt, G. L., Haws, R. A., Yakoob, M. Y., and Lawn, J. E. (2009). Delivering interventions to reduce the global burden of stillbirths: improving service supply and community demand. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 9, Suppl. 1, pp. S7.

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Zulfiqar Bhutta, Gary Darmstadt, Rachel Haws, Mohammad Yawar Yakoob, Joy E. Lawn
All Low and Middle Income Countries
Health Nutrition and Population
Health Sector Reform, Health Services, Preventive Health and Health Behavior, Primary Health- including reproductive health
Equity Focus
None specified
Review Type
Effectiveness review

Quality assessment

The systematic review has comprehensive search procedures and well-illustrated inclusion/exclusion criteria. In addition, the authors provided detailed context and extensive discussion of external validity and generalisability of findings. However, the review has some major limitations. Specifically, the authors rely on vote counting based on statistical significance, with some, but inconsistent consideration of the size of the effect.  The methods section also suggests selective reporting of results in that the authors focus on effective or promising interventions. Additionally, there does not appear to have been any independent screening of studies for inclusions and the review does not include a list of excluded studies

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