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Hospitalization of very low birth weight children at school age.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8441088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether very low birth weight (VLBW) increases the risk of hospitalization at school age. DESIGN: Prospective, multisite cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: Selected from a previous multisite, hospital-based trial, 611 VLBW children, and, from a prior representative sample, 724 children who weighed 1501 to 2500 gm and 533 who weighed > 2500 gm. All the children were re-contacted at 8 to 10 years of age for this study. METHODS: Maternal interview with the use of standardized questions. MAIN OUTCOME: Hospitalization in year before interview. RESULTS: The VLBW children were three or four times more likely to be rehospitalized than children of normal birth weight, both in the year before the interview (7% vs 2%) and since birth (50% to 60% vs 22%). Morbidity and Medicaid coverage increased the risk of hospitalization in the year before the interview; non-white race decreased it. After control for other factors, however, lower birth weight remained a significant risk factor for hospitalization. CONCLUSIONS: The VLBW children continue to have an increased risk of hospitalization; the risk is similar in magnitude to that seen in infancy.
M C McCormick; K Workman-Daniels; J Brooks-Gunn; G J Peckham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of pediatrics     Volume:  122     ISSN:  0022-3476     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  1993 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-03-26     Completed Date:  1993-03-26     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375410     Medline TA:  J Pediatr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  360-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Order
Cohort Studies
Continental Population Groups
Health Status
Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Length of Stay
New York
Prospective Studies
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Social Class
United States
Grant Support

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