Beyond the numbers: classifying contributory factors and potentially avoidable maternal deaths in New Zealand, 2006–2009

Show simple item record Farquhar, Cynthia en Sadler, Lynn en Masson, V en Bohm, G en Haslam, A en 2015-06-03T04:38:56Z en 2011-07-27 en 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2011, 205 (4), pp. 331.e1 - 331.e8 (8) en
dc.identifier.issn 0002-9378 en
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description.abstract Objective We sought to describe a new classification system for contributory factors in, and potential avoidability of, maternal deaths and to determine the contributory factors and potential avoidability among 4 years of maternal deaths in New Zealand. Study Design A new classification system for reporting contributory factors in all maternal deaths was developed from previous tools and applied to all maternal deaths in New Zealand from 2006 through 2009. Results There were 49 deaths and the maternal mortality ratio was 19.2/100,000 maternities. Contributory factors were identified in 55% of cases. An expert panel identified 35% of maternal deaths as potentially avoidable. In cases where potential avoidability was determined, there were nearly always 2 or 3 domains where contributory factors were identified. Conclusion Almost one third of maternal deaths in New Zealand can be considered to be potentially avoidable. This methodology has the potential to identify areas for improvement in the quality of maternity care. en
dc.language eng en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology en
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dc.title Beyond the numbers: classifying contributory factors and potentially avoidable maternal deaths in New Zealand, 2006–2009 en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.07.044 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 331.e1 en
pubs.volume 205 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier en
dc.identifier.pmid 22083056 en en
pubs.end-page 331.e8 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 238046 en Medical and Health Sciences en School of Medicine en Obstetrics and Gynaecology en
dc.identifier.eissn 1097-6868 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-11-07 en
pubs.dimensions-id 22083056 en

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