Texas’ Maternal Mortality Problem Is Also A Data Problem, Study Finds

Over-reporting accounts for a portion of the increase in maternal deaths between 2011 and 2015.

By Ashley LopezJanuary 4, 2018 9:30 am, , ,

From KUT:

Texas is over-reporting some of its maternal mortality data, a national study released today found.

The study, from the University of Maryland Population Research Center and published in the journal Birth, is a follow-up to a study released in August 2016 that found the maternal mortality rate in Texas had doubled in a two-year period.

Eugene Declercq, a professor at Boston University School of Public Health, says he and other researchers didn’t include Texas in their calculation of a national maternal mortality rate at that time because the data looked so unusual.

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