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Sahar Hassan

Country of origin: Palestine Currently in: Palestine, Ramallah General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background


2014 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
1992 Master Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

Women's Health, Nursing

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Hassan S., Laine K., Fosse E., ME Abu-Rmeileh N., Y Ali-Masri H., Zimmo M., Zimmo K., Vikanes A., M Ismail K. (2019). Induction Of Labor Among Singleton Pregnancies In Six Palestinian Governmental Hospitals: A Population-Based Cohort Study. International Journal of Women's Health 2019:11 597–605.
2. Ali-Masri H., Hassan S., Fosse E., Zimmo K., Zimmo M.,Ismail K., Vikanes A. and Laine K. (2018).Impact of electronic and blended learning programs for manual perineal support on incidence of obstetric anal sphincter injuries: a prospective interventional study. BMC Medical Education,18:258.

3. Ali-Masri H., Hassan S., Zimmo K., Zimmo M., Ismail K., Fosse E., Alsalman H., Vikanes A. and Laine K.. (2018). Evaluation of Accuracy of Episiotomy Incision in a Governmental Maternity Unit in Palestine: An Observational Study. Obstetrics and Gynecology International, Article ID 6345497:6.

4. Zimmo M., Laine K., Hassan S., Bottcher B., Fosse E., Ali-Masri H., Zimmo K., Sørum Falk R., Lieng M, Vikanes A.. (2018). Caesarean section in Palestine using the Robson Ten Group Classification System: a population-based birth cohort study. BMJ Open, 8:e022875.

5. Zimmo K, Laine K, Fosse E, Zimmo M, Ali-Masri H, Zucknick M, Vikanes A, Hassan S. (2018) Episiotomy practice in six Palestinian hospitals: a population-based cohort study among singleton vaginal births. BMJ Open;8:e021629.

6. Zimmo, K.M, Laine K, Fosse E, Zimmo M, Ali-Masri H, Böttcher B, Zucknick M, Vikanes A, Hassan S. (2018) Impact of animated instruction on tablets and hands-on training in applying bimanual perineal support on episiotomy rates: an intervention study. International Urogynecology Journal,

7. Ali-Masri H, Hassan S, Ismail K, Zimmo K, Zimmo M, Fosse E, Vikanes A, Laine K. (2018). Enhancing recognition of obstetric anal sphincter injuries in six maternity units in Palestine: an interventional quality improvement study. BMJ Open;8:e020983.

8. Zimmo M, Laine K, Hassan S, Fosse E, Lieng M, Ali-Masri H, Zimmo K, Anti M, Bottcher B, Sorum Falk R, Vikanes A. (2018) Differences in rates and odds for emergency caesarean section in six Palestinian hospitals: a population-based birth cohort study. BMJ Open;8:e019509.

9. Zimmo K, Laine K, Vikanes Å, Fosse E, Zimmo M, Ali H, Thakar R, Sultan A, Hassan S. (2017) Diagnosis and repair of perineal injuries: knowledge before and after expert training—a multicentre observational study among Palestinian physicians and midwives. BMJ Open;7: e014183.

10. Ali H, Vikanes A, Anti M, Hassan S, Ismail K, Zimmo K, Zimmo M, Fosse E, Laine K. (2017). Evaluation of an animated instructional video as a training tool for manual perineum support during vaginal delivery. Int J Gynecol Obstet; 137: 213–219 . DOI: 10.1002/ijgo.12115.

11. Hassan S., Vikanes A., Laine K., Zimmo K., Zimmo M., Bjertness E., Fosse E. (2017). Building a research registry for studying birth complications and outcomes in six Palestinian governmental hospitals. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 17:112.

12. Hassan S, Bjertness E. Wick L. (August 2017). Perceived physical and psychosocial adaptations during the perinatal period in Palestinian women and men in a remote West Bank village: a qualitative study. The Lancet, 390: Supplement 1, Page S13.

13. Bashour H., Saad-Haddad G., DeJong J., Ramadan M.C., Hassan S., Breebaart M., Wick L., Hassanein N. and Kharouf M. (2015). A cross sectional study of maternal ‘near-miss’ cases in major public hospitals in Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 15:296.

14. Hassan S., Wick L., DeJong J. (2015). A glance into the hidden burden of maternal morbidity and patterns of management in a Palestinian governmental referral hospital. Women and Birth. Dec;28(4):e148-56.

15. Hassan S., Sundby J., Abdullatifh A., Bjertnes E. (2013). Translating evidence into practice in childbirth: A case from the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Women Birth. Jun; 26(2):e82-9.

16. Wick L, Hassan S. (2012). No safe place for childbirth: women and midwives bearing witness, Gaza 2008–09. Reproductive Health Matters, 20(40):7-15.

17. Hassan S., Sundby J., Abdullatifh A., Bjertnes E. (2012). The paradox of vaginal examination practice during normal childbirth: Palestinian women’s feelings, opinions, knowledge and experiences. BMC Reproductive Health, 9(16):1-9

18. Hassan-Bitar S. and Narrainen S. (2011).“Shedding light on the challenges faced by Palestinian Maternal Health Care Providers”. Midwifery 27:154-159.

19. Abdul Rahim H., Wick L, Halileh S., Hassan S., Chekir H., Watt G., Khawaja M. (2009). “Maternal and Child health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The Lancet March 5, 373: 967-77.

20. Nahed Mikki, Nivin A. Rmeileh, Laura Wick, Nihad A. Asab and Hassan-Bitar S. (2009). “Caesarean delivery rates, determinants and indications in Makassed Hospital, Jerusalem 1993 and 2002.” The Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (4): 868-878.

21. Hassan-Bitar S. and Wick L. (2007). “Evoking the Guardian Angel: Childbirth care in a Palestinian hospital”. Reproductive Health Matters 15 (30): 103-113.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Professions at Birzeit University Teaching undergraduate nursing students Research

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