Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Case Reporting of Maternal Deaths in Nigeria: A Survey of Obstetricians

Vincent O. Otoide


Context: Accurate data on maternal deaths is of public health concern. In Nigeria, a country with one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, little is known of how such information is managed.

Objective: To determine case reporting of maternal deaths among Nigerian obstetricians and make policy recommendations on improving the reporting.

Study Design: A descriptive study was conducted among Nigerian obstetricians attending an annual national conference. A structured questionnaire was used in eliciting relevant information.

Main Outcome Measure: Rate of case reporting of maternal deaths.

Results: One hundred and five obstetricians were involved in the study. Nearly 42% affirmed case reporting of maternal deaths at their hospital of practice. More than 54% of respondents (49.5% of study population) did not routinely report cases. There was lack of uniformity in the processes and procedures for case reporting.

Conclusion: The majority of practicing obstetricians in Nigeria are not involved in routine case reporting of maternal deaths. Strategies for a uniform approach are suggested.

Key Words: Maternal Deaths, Case Reporting, Autopsy, Nigeria.

[Trop J Obstet Gynaecol, 2002, 19: 30-31].
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