As a maternal health care champion, LeJeune Johnson has worked and consulted with numerous Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) across the United States to help enhance their surveillance of Maternal Mortality Case Review through the use of Informant Interviews.
An Informant Interview is a qualitative data collection tool utilized for collecting supplemental information about the circumstances and events leading to a maternal death or infant death. Interviews are generally conducted by a clinically trained professional with a next of kin, relative or loved one with intimate knowledge of the deceased and their healthcare experiences. Informant Interviews provide data linkages that can help us gain critically important information or details surrounding the maternal or infant death, that would otherwise be difficulty to access. These interviews help to better equip committee members and healthcare providers with knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of the deceased and to better develop recommendations for prevention.
Interviews can also help capture a clearer picture of the psychosocial and environmental factors that may have served as contributing factors in maternal or infant death. The Informant Interview process may also help provide better insights into evaluating complex concepts involving discrimination, bias, and to help better assess preventability. A well conducted Informant Interview, is culturally sensitive, articulate and can effectively engage with the community that is being impacted.
Services centered around Informant Interviews are: