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Maternal morbidity in the district of Rio de Janeiro: magnitude and distribution

Maternal mortality is an event that reflects the assistance provided because it deals with unavoidable deaths in 92% of the cases. This is a population-based study that analyzed the deaths certificates of women between 10 to 49 years in a Rio de Janeiro district, from 1996 to 2004. The data used was obtained from the Mortality Information System, processed and mapped through TabWin. The predominance of the deaths verified was among the group of single women and women with 4 to 7 years of schooling. . The maternal mortality rate is still high in the city. On the spatial distribution two groups call attention. The first one includes the West Zone, showing a very high Maternal Mortality Rate. The second one is located along the the Leopoldina suburb and concentrates a high mortality rate.

Maternal mortality; Women's Health; Information Systems; Quality of Health Care

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