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Late pregnancy abortions: an analysis of Québec stillbirth data, 1981-2006.
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PMID:  22015648     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVES: We evaluated late pregnancy abortions from 1981 to 2006 in Québec, Canada. METHODS: We extracted late abortions from the stillbirth mortality file, and calculated yearly rates per 100,000 pregnancies, including mean gestational age, birth weight, maternal age and education. RESULTS: There were 14.4 late abortions per 100,000 overall pregnancies [95% confidence interval 12.9, 16.1], and rates appeared to increase with time. Mean gestational age (24.7 weeks) and birth weight (886 g) suggested that abortions were performed in the late second and third trimesters. CONCLUSIONS: Late abortions in Québec are not common but do occur. Research is needed to determine whether the increase in rates over time reflects better reporting or a true increase. Improved surveillance of late abortions may be warranted.
Authors:
Nathalie Auger; Geoffroy Denis
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of public health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1661-8564     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101304551     Medline TA:  Int J Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec, 190, boulevard Crémazie Est, Montreal, QC, H2P 1E2, Canada, nathalie.auger@inspq.qc.ca.
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