Acta Scientific Women's Health (ASWH)(ISSN: 2582-3205)

Research Article Volume 5 Issue 3

WHO Modified Partograph Versus Paperless Partograph in Monitoring Labour Progress at Delivery Wards of General Hospitals, Katsina State

Aisha Salihu Abdullahi1*, Hayat Imam Gommaa1, Hadiza Mohammad Sani1 and Babayo Muhammad Tukur2

1Department of Nursing Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
2Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Aisha Salihu Abdullahi, Department of Nursing Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Received: October 10, 2022; Published: February 01, 2023


The World Health Organisation has approved the use of the partograph in monitoring of all labours and most importantly in Low and Middle Income Countries like Nigeria. Nevertheless, the use of the partograph is reported to be low in many facilities because mostly of its technicalities. The paperless partograph can be a simpler version of the tool. This study was aimed at comparing between the paperless partograph and WHO modified partograph in monitoring labour outcomes. A quasi experimental comparative design was used in the study where 34 Midwives and 422 pregnant women were recruited using multi-stage sampling technique. Data collection involved midwives using the two main tools; paperless partograph and the WHO modified partograph to monitor women in labour. The outcome of labour in the two groups of women provided the data for analysis. Ethical approval was obtained from Katsina State ministry of health and Informed consent (written) was obtained from participants, privacy and confidentiality were ensured throughout the study. The results obtained were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistical techniques on SPSS version 23. Frequencies, percentages, mean and standard deviation, were used to analyse the socio-demographic data and outcome of labour, while chi-square and t-test analysis were used in testing hypotheses. Findings revealed that the paperless partograph is effective for monitoring labour with 91% of labours within normal time and through spontaneous vaginal delivery similar to the results obtained in the WHO modified group. No difference was significantly apparent between the paperless partograph and the WHO modified partograph when used on women in labour in the delivery wards of GHs in Katsina State (p = 0.942 and 0.076). It was concluded that the paperless partograph is effective in monitoring labour progress, and therefore recommended that midwives be trained in using the paperless partograph in our hospitals to ensure appropriate monitoring of labour progress.

Keywords: WHO Partograph; Paperless Partograph; Labour; Midwives; Katsina


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Citation: Aisha Salihu Abdullahi., et al. “WHO Modified Partograph Versus Paperless Partograph in Monitoring Labour Progress at Delivery Wards of General Hospitals, Katsina State". Acta Scientific Women's Health 5.3 (2023): 04-10.


Copyright: © 2022 Aisha Salihu Abdullahi., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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