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Old 04-11-2018, 04:46 PM
Don Quijote Don Quijote is offline
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An earlier post from JMO referred to data mistakes as a potential cause for odd mortality spikes.

Some of the state’s top health experts released a report in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology on Monday that used a new method for counting — and found that the number of women who died dropped from 147 to 56.


In 2016 Marian MacDorman, a professor at the University of Maryland Population Research Center, released a study in Obstetrics and Gynecology showing that in 2012, 148 Texas women died from pregnancy-related complications, including excessive bleeding, obesity-related heart problems and infection. Two years earlier, 72 women had died from those causes.

MacDorman wrote at the time that “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval,” such a rise seemed unlikely. The study made national and international news and raised questions over how Texas was addressing women’s health.

The state researchers addressed MacDorman’s findings in Monday’s study: “Given the significant reduction in the maternal mortality ratio when using confirmed maternal deaths, this high estimate reported was likely the result of data error.”

It seems that the death registries added a box to check for anytime that the deceased female was pregnant at time of death. Like any manual process, sometimes that box got checked in error. When measuring a small number of deaths, the error in the box checking was enough to overwhelm the actual results.
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