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Effectiveness of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist program in reducing severe maternal, fetal, and newborn harm in Uttar Pradesh, India: study protocol for a matched-pair, cluster-randomized controlled trial

  • Katherine E. A. Semrau1Email author,
  • Lisa R. Hirschhorn1,
  • Bhala Kodkany2,
  • Jonathan M. Spector3,
  • Danielle E. Tuller4,
  • Gary King5,
  • Stuart Lipsitz6,
  • Narender Sharma7,
  • Vinay Pratap Singh7,
  • Bharath Kumar7,
  • Neelam Dhingra-Kumar8,
  • Rebecca Firestone9,
  • Vishwajeet Kumar10 and
  • Atul A. Gawande11
Contributed equally

Received: 15 May 2016

Accepted: 26 October 2016

Published: 7 December 2016

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15 May 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
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26 Oct 2016 Editorially accepted
7 Dec 2016 Article published 10.1186/s13063-016-1673-x

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Authors’ Affiliations

Ariadne Labs/Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
JNMC Medical College, Belgaum, India
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Cambridge, USA
Ariadne Labs/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA
Population Services International, Lucknow, India
World Health Organization, Geneva 27, Switzerland
Population Services International, Washington, USA
Community Empowerment Lab, Lucknow, India
Ariadne Labs/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA