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Journal:   PAYESH   SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2012 , Volume 11 , Number 5; Page(s) 583 To 588.
 
Paper: 

MATERNAL MORTALITY SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM: ATTITUDE OF HEALTH CARE STAFF AND EXPERTS

 
 
Author(s):  RAHIMI SOOSAN*, NEJAT SAHARNAZ, MAJDZADEH SEYED REZA
 
* MINISTRY OF HEALTH, TREATMENT AND MEDICAL EDUCATION, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Objective(s): Maternal mortality surveillance system has been functioning from 2000 in Iran. This system is implemented to reduce pregnancy-related deaths through illuminating the path that took the deceased mother to her death, identify preventable factors and devising and implementing intervention to resolve the problem and prevent similar death. To know executive personnel’s attitude about this system and identify how can be improved by interview with experts.
Methods: This study had two sections. At the first one (quantitative) a questionnaire developed which included phrases about 3 steps of maternal mortality surveillance system. Reliability and validity of the tools were tested. Then 104 head quarters and staffs completed it and data in Spss software were analyzed. In the second section (qualitative) we interviewed with 6 experts and health manager who had previous study in safe motherhood subject.
Results: all 3 steps of system are moderately good in their opinion. Mean score in implementation of intervention (59 from 100) was lower than designing intervention (63 from 100) and information collection (67 from 100).
The information collected is often insufficient to identify demographic data. Poor cooperation from the obstetrician due to lack of time, leads that death cases haven’t been reviewed perfectly. Obstetrician isn't charge for maternal health in the provinces. Interventions should be done in high level of treatment team but because it is very difficult, it is focused on lower level of team such as health workers. Therefore interventions are not effective and they can’t prevent avoidable factors.
Conclusion: current forms and questions using in maternal mortality surveillance system in general is suitable. Some suggestions for improvement are these:
- Demographic and socioeconomic information (father’s name, ID number, literature and socioeconomic level of deceased woman and her husband) should be added in the forms as check mark or optional questions to evaluate relation of social factors and maternal deaths.
- In educational and treatment deputies a job vacancy as in charge of maternal mortality be added
- Considering these items in faculty members promotion are recommended: (attending in questionnaire team and active attendance in mortality committee)
- Considering the implementation of intervention in hospital annual evaluation score.
- Using the national clinical guidelines by the providers to prevent mismanagements or faults.

 
Keyword(s): MATERNAL MORTALITY, SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, IRAN, ATTITUDE
 
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