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Maternal mortality among Palestinian women in the West Bank.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16530196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess maternal mortality and determine the most common causes of maternal death among Palestinian women. METHODS: Available data on the 431 women who died between the ages of 15 and 49 years in the West Bank in 2000 and 2001 were reviewed. The data were collected from official agencies and, using the verbal autopsy approach, interviews of the deceased women's relatives. The interviews were conducted in all 10 districts of the West Bank over 30 months. RESULTS: Maternal mortality ratios for 2000 and 2001 were 29.2 and 36.5 per 100,000 live births, respectively. Cardiovascular diseases and hemorrhage were the most common causes of death. Misclassification was found in 38% of the deaths. A tentative analysis of avoidability indicated that 69% of maternal deaths could be classified as avoidable. CONCLUSION: A majority of the maternal deaths identified were avoidable. Substandard classification of maternal deaths is hampering efforts to reduce maternal mortality.
N Al-Adili; A Johansson; S Bergström
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-03-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  93     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-24     Completed Date:  2006-10-31     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  164-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of International Health, IHCAR, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Arabs / statistics & numerical data*
Cardiovascular Diseases / mortality*
Hemorrhage / mortality*
Maternal Mortality*
Middle Aged
Middle East / epidemiology

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