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1. Zolala, Farzaneh. Exploring routine data collection systems in Iran, focussing on maternal mortality and using the city of Bam as a case study.

Degree: 2011, University of Edinburgh

Introduction: Health information systems provide information obtained from data for decision making in order to improve the performance of a health system. Although health information systems can be very influential, it can not be exit on its own. It is discussed that the flaw and inefficiency of health information system is rooted to the powerlessness of health system and lack of incorporation in the overall health system [1]. The benefits of using data in planning and implementation go beyond the normal everyday functions of a heath system and include catastrophic situations. Iran is a developing country which experiences a large number of natural disasters each year with a significant number of casualties. Owing to the importance of data for planning, implementation and evaluation, the necessity for sound data is even more pronounced in a country with such conditions. The main aim of this project is to use the city of Bam as a case study to explore the routinely collected data systems in Iran. This investigated the collection of mortality data from all causes, and maternal mortality specifically, in order to determine the usefulness and application of these data systems to monitor the immediate and ongoing health effects of a natural disaster, and to plan for future disasters. Methods: A mixed qualitative and quantitative method used to provide better understanding of the problem at two main data sources, the Medical University and the Civil Registry. This research has commenced with numeric results of maternal ratios and then has employed a qualitative method to gain better understanding of data collection system. The sampling methods are purposive and probability sampling. Interviews, review of documents, and personal observation are the main data collection methods. The data are analysed using qualitative and quantitative methods. They are presented in four sub –chapters , three sub-chapters for non numeric results and one for numeric results. Results: The results show that there are dramatic differences on data collection and data processing between the Civil Registry and the Medical Sciences University. Also it is found that there are some sorts of shortcomings in different stages of data collection system in each organisation. This includes incomplete data coverage, shortcoming in academic staff, insufficient technology infrastructures, lack of training for staff, inadequate data quality checking. Moreover, there are many limitations affecting data collection after the earthquake. These limitations are rooted in basic problems within the existing data collection system and a lack of co-ordination between the groups collecting the data, including national and international aid groups that provided help after the earthquake. Regarding maternal mortality data collection it is found that there was no consistent definition of maternal deaths among interviewees. All data sources are not aware of urgently reporting of maternal deaths as it should be. The results of the estimation of maternal mortality ratios from… Advisors/Committee Members: Forbes, John, Warner, Pam, Pollack, Allyson.

Subjects/Keywords: health information; maternal mortality

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APA (6th Edition):

Zolala, F. (2011). Exploring routine data collection systems in Iran, focussing on maternal mortality and using the city of Bam as a case study. (Thesis). University of Edinburgh. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1842/5962

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Zolala, Farzaneh. “Exploring routine data collection systems in Iran, focussing on maternal mortality and using the city of Bam as a case study.” 2011. Thesis, University of Edinburgh. Accessed February 24, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/1842/5962.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Zolala, Farzaneh. “Exploring routine data collection systems in Iran, focussing on maternal mortality and using the city of Bam as a case study.” 2011. Web. 24 Feb 2021.

Vancouver:

Zolala F. Exploring routine data collection systems in Iran, focussing on maternal mortality and using the city of Bam as a case study. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Edinburgh; 2011. [cited 2021 Feb 24]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/5962.

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Council of Science Editors:

Zolala F. Exploring routine data collection systems in Iran, focussing on maternal mortality and using the city of Bam as a case study. [Thesis]. University of Edinburgh; 2011. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/5962

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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