Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining Research Through a Programmatic Lens
New maternal mortality classification system
Doris Chou, World Health Organization
Chou via Skype presented, “The WHO Application of ICD-10 to deaths during pregnancy, childbirth, and puerperium: ICD-MM.” She warned that the coding rules of ICD-10 are inconsistent, and misclassification, incorrect counting and incorrect cause of maternal deaths hinders the magnitude of maternal deaths. Misclassification is most seen with cardiovascular, CNS disorders, injuries and indirect conditions. She emphasized the importance of filling out MCCD forms properly and completely. There should be only one underlying cause of death, and that cause should be exclusive of all other associating conditions. Chou concluded that the maternal death classification system should be used by all countries so that data can be better compared.
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