New signal functions to measure the ability of health facilities to provide routine and emergency newborn care

PLoS Med. 2012;9(11):e1001340. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001340. Epub 2012 Nov 13.


Based upon an expert survey and consensus method, Sabine Gabrysch and colleagues recommend new signal functions to monitor and track facilities' provision of routine and emergency newborn care.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Medical Services / standards*
  • Emergency Medical Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys / methods*
  • Health Facilities
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Care / standards*
  • Infant Care / statistics & numerical data

Grants and funding

SG is paid by the University of Heidelberg through a Margarete von Wrangell Fellowship supported by the European Social Fund and by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg, and has received salary support from the Medical Faculty's Rahel Goitein-Straus Programme. GC participated in this work during her internship at the University of Heidelberg as part of her public health specialization training at the Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department at Sapienza University in Rome. OMRC is supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. No funders had any role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.