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Contribution of prematurity and low birth-weight to neonatal death in Chinese and Western populations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3233081     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This paper analyses the contribution of low birth-weight (birth-weight between 500 and 2,500 g) and prematurity (gestation less than 37 weeks) to neonatal death in Chinese and Western populations. The incidences of low birth-weight in the Tsan Yuk Hospital, Hong Kong, the State of Victoria, and the Mercy Maternity Hospital, Melbourne, were 4.63%, 4.29% and 5.66% respectively and the incidences of prematurity were 2.08%, 4.89% and 7.42% respectively. The neonatal mortality rate (per 1,000 livebirths) for premature infants born in Victoria was 64, 89 for those born at the Mercy Maternity Hospital and 119 for the Tsan Yuk Hospital. This paper has demonstrated that a striking differences exists in prematurity rates between Chinese and Western populations, and also that the mortality rate of premature infants is lower in Western populations. If the reason for the lower incidence of prematurity in the Chinese population could be determined and the mortality of premature infants maintained in the Western population, a significant lowering of perinatal mortality would result. Studies to determine causes for premature births in Chinese and Western populations should therefore be undertaken.
Authors:
J H Drew; N A Beischer; J E Walstab; S T Liang; J M Stronge
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0004-8666     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  1988 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-04-14     Completed Date:  1989-04-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0001027     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  190-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Mercy Maternity Hospital, Victoria.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
China
Female
Humans
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*

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