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08 February 2013
Intellect Web software assists PEARL Study publication

Dendrite Clinical Systems has welcomed the first report from the PEARL Study (Perinatal Neonatal Outcomes Research Study in the Arabian Gulf), published by Women"s Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar.

The PEARL Study, which was established to collect and record perinatal data, interventions and outcomes at the institution, has demonstrated that Qatar"s 2011 maternal, neonatal and perinatal outcomes are “comparable to many high income countries”.

The registry utilises Dendrite"s Intellect Web clinical database software (replacing the previous paper-based system) that has helped to facilitate the collection and evaluation of data, and enabling the benchmarking of clinical performance at the Women"s Hospital.

Key findings of the report include:

Qatar"s maternal mortality rate during 2011 was 9.85, comparable with many high income countries (the rate in UK and USA is 1.2 and 2.4 times higher than Qatar, respectively);

Between 1990 and 2011 the relative risk of neonatal mortality in Qatar decreased by 87%, early neonatal mortality by 91% and late neonatal mortality by 58%;

Between 1990 and 2011 the relative risk of perinatal mortality in Qatar dropped by 28%.

As well as reporting the outcomes, the PEARL Study has also identified several areas for improvements including better maternal nutrition, improved antenatal care, birth spacing and best obstetric and neonatal practices at delivery.

“I congratulate the PEARL Study team for producing such a comprehensive and detailed report,” said Dr Peter Walton, Managing Director, Dendrite Clinical Systems. “Not only does the report show perinatal care in Qatar is among the best in the world, it also demonstrates how clinical software can be used to benchmark outcomes and identify areas to improve outcomes even further.”