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Colombia Médica

versão On-line ISSN 1657-9534


AMAYA-ARIAS, Ana Carolina; ZULUAGA, Oscar; IDARRAGA, Douglas  e  ESLAVA-SCHMALBACH, Javier H. Adaptation and validation for Colombia of the WHO safe childbirth checklist. Colomb. Med. [online]. 2018, vol.49, n.3, pp.201-212. ISSN 1657-9534.


Most maternal that deaths occur in developing countries are considered unfair and can be avoided. In 2008, The WHO proposed a checklist for delivery care, in order to assess whether a simple, low-cost intervention had an impact on maternal and neonatal mortality in low-income countries.


To translate, adapt and validate the content of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist (SCC) for its use in Colombia


The translation of the list was carried out, adaptation was made to our context and validation of content through a panel of experts composed of 17 health workers with experience in maternal and neonatal care and safety. The reliability among the judges was calculated (Rwg) and according to the results, items were modified or added to each section of the list.


Modifications were made to the wording of 28 items, none was eliminated, and 19 new items were added. The most important modifications were made to the management guidelines that accompany each item and the items included refer to risks inherent to our environment.


The Colombian version of the SCC will be a useful tool to improve maternal and neonatal care and thereby will contribute to reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in our country.

Palavras-chave : Maternal mortality; perinatal mortality; patient safety; checklist; World Health Organization; parturition; delivery; obstetric.

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