Maternal Death Data Frame (Texas Department of State Health Services)

Adanya Lustig filed this request with the Texas Department of State Health Services of Texas.
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From: Adanya Lustig

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The data record layout, data frame, or any equivalent data framework used by this agency to document maternal deaths. Materials responsive to this portion of this request should include reference to the data elements collected by this department and should not include any personal information. Please feel free to redact any personally-identifying information.

If any clarification is necessary, please feel free to call the MuckRock Office at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Adanya Lustig

From: Texas Department of State Health Services

Hello, Ms. Lustig. One of our programs that may have responsive information is asking for clarification. Are you requesting a database structure?

Chris

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Chris Van Deusen
Director of Media Relations
Texas Dept. of State Health Services
(w) 512-776-7119 | (m) 512-844-0754

From: Adanya Lustig

Hi Chris,

Thanks for getting back to me! I am not necessarily asking for the database structure, because I'm interested in the fields of data that DSHS is collecting, but I know that I can't ask you to create a new document for me. So, if the database structure includes that information, that's what I would like. For example, I'm interested in knowing if DSHS is tracking the region where the maternal death occurred, the marital status of the deceased, that kind of thing. Does that answer your question?

Best,
Adanya

From: Texas Department of State Health Services

So, would a list of fields would work for you?

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Chris Van Deusen
Director of Media Relations
Texas Dept. of State Health Services
(w) 512-776-7119 | (m) 512-844-0754

From: Adanya Lustig

Hi Chris,

Yes, a list of fields would be great. Thanks!

Best,
Adanya

From: Texas Department of State Health Services

Adanya,

Generally, the data we have on the universe of maternal deaths is pulled from the data collected for all deaths in the death record (certificate). I've attached a copy of a checklist that shows each field on the death certificate.

There is more information evaluated for the maternal deaths that are actually reviewed by the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. For example, they review medical records, criminal justice records, etc. for the woman, but that information isn't collected in a database.

This will complete your request.

Chris

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Chris Van Deusen
Director of Media Relations
Texas Dept. of State Health Services
(w) 512-776-7119 | (m) 512-844-0754

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