Neonatology • prematurity • health-care services research • health outcomes research • quality improvement
My research focuses on evaluating how the organization of work affects outcomes of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. There are significant variations in rates of mortality and morbidity of preterm infants among neonatal intensive care units in Canada. Important contributors to these variations in outcomes include variations in practice and in the organization of the units. Using clinical and administrative databases, we are studying the effects of different healthcare delivery models, team composition and resource allocation (nurse-to-patient ratios, physician-to-patient ratios and other healthcare providers) on quality of care and efficiency in the neonatal intensive care unit. The main objective is to improve quality of care and improving efficiency in the delivery of care. Further, collaborative research with the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN), the Evidence-based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ) and the Canadian Neonatal Follow Up Network (CNFUN) aim to better understand predictors of neonatal outcomes and improve quality of care of preterm infants.
Beltempo M, Piedboeuf B, Platt RW, Barrington K, Bizgu V, Shah P and the Canadian Neonatal Network. Association of resident duty hour reform and neonatal outcomes of very preterm infants. American Journal of Perinatology. 2017 Dec;34(14):1396-1404.
Beltempo M, Viel-Thériault, Thibault R, Piedboeuf B. C-Reactive Protein for Late-Onset Sepsis Diagnosis in Very Preterm Neonates. BMC Pediatrics. 2018 Jan 30;18(1):16.
Beltempo M, Lacroix G, Cabot M, Blais R, Piedboeuf B. Association of nursing overtime, nurse staffing and unit occupancy with medical incidents and outcomes of very preterm infants. Journal of Perinatology. 2018 Feb;38(2):175-180.
Beltempo M, Ye, X, Afifi J, Lee S, Shah P, McMillan D, on behalf of the Canadian Neonatal Network. SNAP-II for predicting mortality and morbidity in very preterm infants. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2018 Mar 12:1-8.