Monitoring perinatal mortality rates: California, 1970 to 1976.

  title={Monitoring perinatal mortality rates: California, 1970 to 1976.},
  author={Robert L. Williams and George C. Cunningham and F D Norris and Masato Tashiro},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  volume={136 5},
Recent developments have emphasized the need to monitor perinatal mortality statistics by small geographic areas. A method is presented which separates county-specific perinatal mortality rates into a component reflective of socioeconomic, behavioral, and environmental variables, and a component that relates more directly to hospital-based intra- and postpartum care. Major differences in geographic variations were observed between the crude rate and the two components. An arbitrary index of the… CONTINUE READING

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