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How many maternal deaths are there in Portugal?
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PMID:  22372515     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract INTRODUCTION: Maternal mortality is a public health issue,internationally considered an indicator of women's status in society, indirectly translating access to health facilities. However, it is difficult to measure and is usually underestimated by official records. METHODS: Maternal deaths missed by the official statistics in Portugal between 2001 and 2006 were estimated by multiple-recapture methods using three different data sources. An upper limit to the number of deaths was derived from the application of the mortality function of women in reproductive age to the estimated annual number of pregnancies. RESULTS: Maternal mortality decreased from 40 to less than 10 deaths per 100 000 live births between 1978 and 1986. Between 2001 and 2006 it varied from 2.5 to 19 and was underestimated by 9 to 26%. Nevertheless,within the same age range, the risk of a pregnant women to die was four times less than a women in the general population. CONCLUSION: Like in other developed countries, official statistics in Portugal have systematically underestimated maternal deaths. These deaths are a rare event, but the consistent increase in the average age at pregnancy may exacerbate the main causes of death, raising concerns for the future and prompting the need for emergency facilities nearby maternities.
Manuel C Gomes; Maria T Ventura; Rui S Nunes
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. Campo Grande, 1764-016 Lisbon, Portugal. email: ; FAX: +351-217500048.
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