Model Resources and Tools

Tools for Case Abstraction

Maternal Mortality Review Committee Abstractor Manual

Year of publication or last update: 
2018

The Maternal Mortality Review Committee Abstractor Manual provides guidance on comprehensively and efficiently gathering information to accurately document the events of a woman’s life leading up to and including her death. Abstraction templates by common causes of maternal death and case narrative templates are provided.

Abstraction and Case Review Time Cost Estimator

Year of publication or last update: 
2017

Refer to the abstractor time estimates spreadsheet for assistance in calculating the number of hours of abstraction required for your committee each year.

Note: in addition to abstractors, MMRCs often require the equivalent of one full-time position divided between three people: a half-time coordinator, a quarter-time data analyst, and a quarter-time clerk. This will vary, however, by the number of cases that the committee reviews.

Maternal Mortality Review Committee Mock Case Workbook

Year of publication or last update: 
2019

The Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) Mock Case Workbook provides four fictitious maternal mortality case records: cardiomyopathy, hemorrhage, overdose and preeclampsia. In addition to mock records, case narrative and completed committee decisions forms are provided. Abstractors and other MMRC staff can use the case records as practice material for working in MMRIA.

MMRIA User Guide V 2.1

Source: 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Year of publication or last update: 
2019

Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation, in partnership with maternal mortality review committees, the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA or “Maria”) serves two purposes. First, it provides a repository for the medical and social information needed for maternal mortality review committee (MMRC) case review. Second, MMRIA provides standardized data that can be used for surveillance, monitoring, and research on maternal mortality.

Informant Interview Guide for Maternal Mortality Review Committees

Source: 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Year of publication or last update: 
2020

Informant interviews are supplementary and effective methods for collecting information that provides greater context around the events leading to a maternal death. Interviewees who knew the decedent personally can provide insight into factors that contributed to the death and the context of those factors in her life. This guide is intended as a resource in navigating the sensitive yet essential information provided to better understand the circumstances of each maternal mortality case.

MMRIA Abstractor Office Hour Webinar Notes

Year of publication or last update: 
2020

The CDC ERASE MM team hosts monthly MMRIA Abstractor Office Hours webinars. While abstractors are the intended audience, the webinars have attracted other MMRC support staff, including health department leadership, committee coordinators, and data analysts to hear answers to frequently asked questions for MMRIA users. The webinars serve as a forum for discussions on how to abstract deaths from causes such as maternal mental health conditions or substance use disorder, and how to facilitate review team discussions on non-clinical causes of death.