Screening obstetric ultrasound training for a 5-country cluster randomized controlled trial

Ultrasound Q. 2014 Dec;30(4):262-6. doi: 10.1097/RUQ.0000000000000096.


With decreased equipment cost, provision of ultrasound is now feasible in some low resource settings. Screening obstetric ultrasound may identify potential pregnancy complications and, with this knowledge, allow women to plan to deliver at the appropriate level of care. In this article, we describe a 10-day course with quality assurance activities to train ultrasound-naïve, nonphysician healthcare professionals at midlevel health facilities to perform screening obstetric ultrasound. Those trained will participate in a cluster randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of screening obstetric ultrasound on maternal and newborn outcomes.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / organization & administration
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Midwifery / education*
  • Obstetrics / education
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiology / education
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal*