A Lexicon for Anthropological, Epidemiological, and Biomedical Research of Reproductive and Maternal Health
The lexicon of specialists working in the areas of reproductive and maternal health can be highly specific and often complex. Anthropologists and social scientists, physicians and nurses, public health specialists and epidemiologists may all have a specific technical vocabulary that they employ in their day-to-day analysis and evaluation of issues regarding complications of pregnancy among indigenous women. Too often, miscommunications can develop between specialists—statistical terms may be confusing; diagnostic criteria may vary; rates, ratios, prevalence, frequency, and incidence may be mistakenly interchanged; and so forth.
The present glossary highlights and defines some of the most important terms and concepts which are in everyday usage by specialists dealing with maternal morbidity and mortality, as well as selected terms published in the peer-reviewed literature dealing with reproductive health and maternal-child health. This brief glossary is not meant to be either exhaustive or encyclopedic. It does, however, attempt to highlight and define some of the most important terms and concepts which are in everyday usage by specialists dealing with maternal morbidity and mortality, as well as selected terms that deal with reproductive health and maternal-child health.