Collection of pregnancy outcome records following infertility—challenges and possible solutions

Erin G. Floyd, Frauke von Versen-Höynck, Jing Liu, Yueh Yun Chi, Raquel R. Fleischmann, Valerie L. Baker

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Purpose: The aim of this study is to report challenges encountered when conducting inter-institutional data collection of obstetric (prenatal and postpartum) and delivery outcomes for research purposes and to propose solutions for enhanced efficiency. Methods: Data were collected from women who consented to collection of obstetric and delivery records for an observational study of pregnancy and delivery outcomes following infertility treatment. We analyzed key issues relevant to improving efficiency of obstetric and delivery data collection via quantification of effort (such as number of calls and faxes) required to obtain records from different types of obstetric clinics and hospitals before and after utilization of a revised authorization. Results: At time of analysis, records were successfully collected from 320 of the 451 participants who had delivered. The 320 participants received obstetric care at 63 institutions and delivered at 27 hospitals, with 168 (52.5 %) delivering at institutions other than home facility. At time of consent (8 weeks gestation), 155 of 320 (48.5 %) correctly predicted where they would receive obstetric care and 176 (55 %) where they would delivery. Most facilities (nearly 90 %) rejected our original authorization, but most (90 %) accepted the revised authorization described in this manuscript. Conclusions: Collecting records is time-consuming but important as over 50 % of our participants received care outside of the home facility. To efficiently collect outside records, we recommend that researchers interested in maternal and neonatal outcomes consider the guidelines outlined in this manuscript. This report also provides strong evidence of the need to develop data sharing through electronic health records for research purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)993-999
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Data sharing
  • Health information exchange
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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