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Table 4 Patient and medical service substandard care factors identified to contributing to maternal deaths (N = 133)

From: Maternal mortality at muhimbili national hospital in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in the year 2011

Substandard care factor* Number Percent
Patient factors (n = 45)   
 Delay in seeking care 33 73.3
 Lack of antenatal care visit 5 11.1
 Poor compliance to treatment 3 6.7
 Insufficient antenatal care 2 4.4
 Home delivery with previous bad outcome 2 4.4
Medical service factors (n = 88)   
 Inadequate blood transfusion 23 26.1
 Complete lack of blood 17 19.3
 Delay in receiving appropriate treatment 16 18.3
 Poor management 15 17
 Delayed investigation 9 10
 Delayed diagnosis 6 6.8
 Lack of medications 2 2.3
  1. *Substandard care factors occurred in 116 maternal deaths.