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Table 1 Profile of caesarean deliveries by type of provider, Burkina Faso, 2004–2005

From: A cost-effectiveness study of caesarean-section deliveries by clinical officers, general practitioners and obstetricians in Burkina Faso

Type of providers
Characteristics
Obstetricians
N = 1020*
Trained doctors
N = 552*
Clinical officers
N = 733*
Place (% within facilities)    
National hospitals 53 3 0
Regional hospitals 17 2 41
District hospitals 30 95 59
District hospitals (% rural versus urban)    
Urban** 86 5 27
Rural 14 95 73
Mother's age    
Median (IQR) 25 (10) 24 (12) 25 (12)
Indication of surgical procedure (%)    
Saving mother's life 74 75 81
Saving baby's life 24 21 17
Other 2 4 2
Mothers' reported conditions (%)    
Obstructive labour 39 51 53
Ruptured uterus 11 7 11
Eclampsia 7 1 2
Haemorrhage 5 6 6
Other 38 35 28
Type of anaesthesia (%)    
General 81 30 59
Spinal anaesthesia 19 70 41
Referral status (%)    
Referred from other facilities 85 77 71
Referred by provider to higher level facility 15 23 29
Duration of caesarean-section (minutes)    
Mean (SD) 46 (20) 57 (27) 53 (23)
Duration of post operative hospital stay (days)    
Mean (SD) 6 (5) 9 (5) 9 (6)
Post operative complications (/000)    
Haemorrhage 15 18 20
Wound infection 11 4 14
Wound dehiscence 4 0 1
  1. * Counts were for a complete year at district hospitals.
  2. ** Only three districts (all urban) had obstetricians at the time of the survey, and only one (District Secteur 30) was fully functional with regard to obstetric surgery. A quarter of the caesarean delivery case notes were extracted by the data collection team.