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Term: Robson Index

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2008-06-11


The Robson Index is comprised of the different categories of births by parity, category, course and gestation. This is part of an effort to use a medical audit cycle to diagnose dysfunctional labor early enough to allow for the implementation of labor management strategies, thus decreasing the necessity for caesarean section births.

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  • Robson MS, Scudamore IW, Walsh SM. Using the medical audit cycle to reduce cesarean section rates. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1996;174:199-205. [Abstract] (View)

Term used in 

  • Martens P, Fransoo R, The Need to Know Team, Burland E, Prior H, Burchill C, Romphf L, Chateau D, Bailly A, Ouelette C. What Works? A First Look at Evaluating Manitoba's Regional Health Programs and Policies at the Population Level. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2008. [Report] [Summary] [Additional Materials] (View)

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