Appropriate Technology for Birth
Lancet. 1985 Aug 24; 2(8452): 436-437.
In April 1985, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) sponsored an interdisciplinary conference on appropriate technology for birth. A lengthy list of recommendations, reprinted in this article, was unanimously adopted by the conferees. Among the considerations addressed by the recommendations are a woman's right to exercise control over conditions of labor and delivery; the importance of communication between women, their families, and health personnel; and the need to make judicious use of technologies such as fetal monitoring. A network of evaluation groups to assess new technologies, sponsored by WHO and PAHO, is advocated. (KIE abstract)
Biomedical Technologies; Childbirth; Communication; Drugs; Evaluation; Health; Health Personnel; Institutional Policies; International Aspects; Patient Care; Patients; Patients' Rights; Pregnant Women; Public Policy; Rights; Standards; Surgery; Technology; Technology Assessment; Women's Rights; World Health;
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