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Early Discharge Survey

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 M3
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: Early Discharge Survey
Date(s): 1962-1963
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
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Extent: 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

At a meeting of the Finance and Executive Committee of the RCOG in November 1962 proposals were put forward for a survey "to ascertain facts appertaining to the discharge of normal maternity cases from hospital on the seventh day and to compare the findings with a control group discharged on the seventh day". The College hoped that the Ministry of Health would organise the survey, which would require the co-operation of the Central Midwives Board finance, Royal College of Midwives, the Association of Paediatricians and local health authorities. At a meeting of Council in January 1965 (A.249) it was noted the College had collected information concerning `early discharge' from some twenty or thirty hospitals in a pilot scheme. This information had been sent to the Ministry of Health for analysis with a view to launching a full-scale enquiry.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and other material relating to preparations for the 'early discharge' survey, 1962-1963. The material relates only to the preliminary survey, and comprises correspondence and related papers, including individual hospital survey papers.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: vested in the College.

Finding aids:

A general index to the files listed in the catalogue of the Archives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is maintained in the College Archives; refer to the College Archivist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Not known, but the file was probably removed from the President's main correspondence file series for the period (A4/11); the President, Arthur Bell, was a member of the group undertaking the survey.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Clare Cowling, Archivist, RCOG.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2001

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