Diversity of nurses linked to reduced risk of maternal health problems, study finds


According to a report by Columbia University researchers.

The results, which were published earlier this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecologyfound that states with the greatest diversity of nurses reported fewer health complications for mothers during childbirth, including eclampsia, blood transfusion, hysterectomy, and intensive care unit admission.

“The more racially and ethnically diverse the nursing workforce, the better the maternal health outcomes,” said Guohua Li, study author and professor of epidemiology and anesthesiology at the University. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. “This finding holds true for both white mothers and mothers of color.”

Giving birth in states with the highest diversity of nurses was associated with a reduction in serious adverse maternal outcomes by 50% for Asian and Pacific Islander mothers, 32% for white mothers, 31% for Latin mothers and 20% for black mothers.

“This study is important because persistent racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality matter to public health and because health workforce diversity can be changed through policy interventions,” Li said.

Li advised medical centers to employ a more diverse health workforce to reduce maternal health disparities.

“Demographic diversity is widely seen as a strength of the United States,” Li said. whole population.”

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