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Semin Perinatol. 2012 Feb;36(1):7-13. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2011.09.003.

From identification and review to action--maternal mortality review in the United States.

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  • 1Division of ReproductiveHealth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4770 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA. cjb3@cdc.gov

Abstract

The maternal mortality review process is an ongoing quality improvement cycle with 5 steps: identification of maternal deaths, collection of medical and other data on the events surrounding the death, review and synthesis of the data to identify potentially alterable factors, the development and implementation of interventions to decrease the risk of future deaths, and evaluation of the results. The most important step is utilization of the data to identify and implement evidence-based actions; without this step, the rest of the work will not have an impact. The review committee ideally is based in the health department of a state (or large city) as a core public health function. This provides stability for the process as well as facilitates implementation of the review committees' recommendations. The review committee should be multidisciplinary, with its members being official representatives of their organizations or departments, again to improve buy-in of the stakeholders.

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