New Website Presents Comprehensive Collection of Cesarean Rates Throughout U.S. Hospitals

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Data reflects expectations of transparency in hospital reporting, healthcare spending, and accountability to pregnant women.

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This web site is just the beginning in terms of assessing and leveraging consumer interest in public data reporting.

Amidst ongoing debates around healthcare spending, maternity care and birth choices, Jill Arnold—respected consumer advocate and founder of The Unnecesarean in August 2008—announces the launch of CesareanRates.com.

Based on the research Arnold conducted and presented in a scientific session at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on October 31, 2011, CesareanRates.com launches with the most accessible, comprehensive source of cesarean rates across the Unites States available to the public at this time.

"Unfortunately, public-facing information is insufficient in some areas, limited in its application, and not standardized," adds Arnold. "Pregnant women and anyone interested in the health care system, including any U.S. citizen weighing in on health care reform, should be privy to how resources are being allocated and the quality of care associated with the expenditures.

"This web site is just the beginning in terms of assessing and leveraging consumer interest in public data reporting. The potential extends far beyond focusing on geographic variation in the utilization of one procedure—the cesarean section—and will open the door for the public to expect transparency in reporting of all hospital data."

CesareanRates.com features the most current state-by-state information available to the public online as of January 2012, and will be updated as new information becomes available (see more at cesareanrates.com/data). A blog is scheduled to launch in March 2012.

About CesareanRates.com

CesareanRates.com is a snapshot of online cesarean rate reporting in the United States as of January 2012. The site compiles the most current hospital-level data accessible to the public online, whether reported directly by a state’s department of health or gathered from state hospital association web sites via pull-down menus. The initial goals of the site are to a) show the (poor) quality and inaccessibility of hospital-level information available to the public, b) to assess whether there is public demand for this information and c) to work toward establishing a precedent for hospital data transparency.

About Jill Arnold

Jill Arnold is a consumer advocate and founder of The Unnecesarean, a blog and large online community which focuses on patient autonomy, informed consent, data transparency and other issues related to the U.S. maternity care system and beyond.

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