Maternal mortality surveillance in Jamaica

This article in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics sought to assess factors associated with the under-reporting of maternal deaths during the years 1998–2003. Discussions with key informants revealed under-reporting when no postmortem was performed, when death occurred in the first trimester, and on the basis of the interval between pregnancy termination and death. The study concludes that hospital surveillance must include all hospital wards, that community surveillance should include forensic pathologists, and that national leadership for decision-making and other functions is key.

McCaw-Binns A, JLM Lindo, KN Bell-Lewis, and DEC Ashley, “Maternal mortality surveillance in Jamaica,” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 100 (2008):31–36.

Publication Date 
October 2007
Resource Type 
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
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