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Table 6 Availability of magnesium sulphate and use for eclampsia and pre-eclampsia as reported by obstetricians – survey

From: Translating research into policy and practice in developing countries: a case study of magnesium sulphate for pre-eclampsia

  Eclampsia Pre-eclampsia
Country Available
in hospitals
Geographic differences
in availability
Public vs. Private
hospitals
Used for
women with eclampsia
Reasons for MgSO4 not
being used for all women
Used for women with
pre-eclampsia?
Reasons for MgSO4 not
being used for all women
Armenia        
Obstetrician 1 All No No All   All  
Obstetrician 2 Most No No All   All  
Obstetrician 3 Most No No All   All  
India        
Obstetrician 1 All No No All   All  
Obstetrician 2 Some Yes No Most   Few D, E
Obstetrician 3 Some Yes No Some A Some E
Obstetrician 4 Some Yes No Most   Some D, E
Indonesia        
Obstetrician 1 Most Yes No Most A, B, C Most D, E
Obstetrician 2 Some Yes Yes Most A Most D, E
Philippines        
Obstetrician 1 Most Yes Yes All   All  
Obstetrician 2 All Don't know Don't know All   All  
South Africa        
Obstetrician 1 All No No All   Most  
Obstetrician 2 All No No All   Some F
  1. A = Problems with availability
  2. B = Different drug used
  3. C = Lack of awareness among clinicians
  4. D = Lack of awareness among clinicians
  5. E = Problems with availability
  6. F = Not a priority
  7. MgSO4 = magnesium sulphate