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Economic consequences of preterm birth and low birthweight.
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PMID:  12763106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The high rates of mortality and morbidity arising from preterm birth and low birthweight impose an immense burden on the health, education and social services and on families. This was evaluated in several economic studies published in the 1970s and early 1980s, but an ability to intervene effectively to increase survival has transformed neonatal care over the past two decades. In addition, the relative prices of resource inputs are vastly different. This paper surveys the scientific literature on the economic consequences of preterm birth and low birthweight, including: (1) studies, which estimate the economic costs of the conditions and (2) economic evaluations of primary and secondary prevention and treatment strategies. This paper summarises the scope and scientific quality of the published evidence, identifies gaps in our knowledge and considers the future research agenda in this area.
Stavros Petrou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology     Volume:  110 Suppl 20     ISSN:  1470-0328     ISO Abbreviation:  BJOG     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-23     Completed Date:  2003-07-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100935741     Medline TA:  BJOG     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-23     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Costs and Cost Analysis
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / economics
Perinatal Care / economics
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / economics

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