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Racial Disparities in Comorbidity and Severe Maternal Morbidity/Mortality in the United States

An Analysis of Temporal Trends

Metcalfe, A.; Wick, J.; Ronksley, P.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000547298.72562.b3
Epidemiologic Reports Surveys

(Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2018;97:89–96)

In the United States, there has been a temporal increase in the incidence of severe maternal morbidity and mortality (MMM) over the past several years. In fact, between 1998 and 2009 severe maternal morbidity occurring during hospitalization for delivery increased by 75%. However, this increase has not been consistent across all racial groups. The current population-based study aimed to demonstrate the racial disparities in maternal comorbidities and severe maternal morbidity/mortality.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

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