VLBW and V Preterm NeonatesThe International Network for Evaluating Outcomes of Very Low Birth Weight and Very Preterm Neonates

Collaborative Comparisons of International Health Services for Quality Improvement in Neonatal Care

Background: The foundation of this research programme is the establishment of the international Network for Evaluating Outcomes (iNeo) in neonates. This will be used to examine and ultimately improve outcomes, care processes, and health care delivery for very low birth weight infants (VLBW) through international collaborative learning. iNeo currently includes collaborators from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. The overall aims of the iNeo programme are to:

  • Compare outcomes at country level for VLBW infants
  • Identify country-specific characteristics that may underlie variations in outcomes
  • Train and support junior researchers in neonatal-perinatal health services research
  • Identify clinical and organizational improvements relevant to Canadian neonatal care
  • Implement and continually evaluate the impact of data-informed and evidence-linked clinical and organizational practice changes in Canadian neonatal units

Progress: The Neonatal Data Analysis Unit sent data for 2008 to 2010 from the National Neonatal Research Database for analysis by our collaborators in Canada. Thank you to the neonatal units and their clinical leads who replied to confirm their participation in iNeo. Below is a list of these 104 neonatal units.

The collaborators now wish to extend the analysis of data up to 2015. The NDAU have obtained a minor amendment to the ethics approval, REC reference 13/SW/0339, for this study, to reflect the change in years of data requested. If you wish your unit to participate in the iNEO study, even if it was not previously, please contact the NDAU manager Richard Colquhoun (r.colquhoun@imperial.ac.uk).

iNEO is open to all units in England, Scotland and Wales.