• Variations in rates of severe perineal tears and episiotomies in 20 European countries: a study based on routine national data in Euro-Peristat Project.

      Blondel, Béatrice; Alexander, Sophie; Bjarnadóttir, Ragnheiður I; Gissler, Mika; Langhoff-Roos, Jens; Novak-Antolič, Živa; Prunet, Caroline; Zhang, Wei-Hong; Hindori-Mohangoo, Ashna D; Zeitlin, Jennifer; et al. (Wiley, 2016-07)
      Rates of severe perineal tears and episiotomies are indicators of obstetrical quality of care, but their use for international comparisons is complicated by difficulties with accurate ascertainment of tears and uncertainties regarding the optimal rate of episiotomies. We compared rates of severe perineal tears and episiotomies in European countries and analysed the association between these two indicators.