Texas maternal death rates were exaggerated

Texas maternal death rates were exaggerated came the prompt reply by a medical journal who had previously claimed that deaths related to pregnancy had doubled in just two years. As per the new study, the same medical journal compresses the alarm providing varied data that decrease the number of deaths by nearly two-thirds

Researchers with the Texas Department of State Health Services set forth to assess the authentic discoveries published in the journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology portrayed 147 maternal deaths in their state in 2012, an unequalled increase from 2010, 72 deaths. The 2012 number was vital enough to motivate legislative attempts involving the concern and protraction of a maternal mortality and cognitive task force.

What researchers discovered upon additional analysis which involved inspection of medical and autopsy data was that there were factually 56 — not 147 — maternal deaths in 2012. Human fallacy while utilizing an electronic death registration system seems to have been the colossal offender in the inconsistency.


Researchers have found that electronic categorization of death certificates by doctors, validity of the peace and medical adjudicators increased 44 percent in Texas from 2010 to 2012. Those who registered the certificates most probably selected the wrong drop down menu alternative when infiltrating pregnancy status. This ended up in a recommendation that more than twice the number of departed women were pregnant upon their deaths when they were not.

Sonia Baeva, a maternal mortality and morbidity epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services said that other scholastic research has portrayed concerns with the caliber of death data nationally.