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Life satisfaction and obstetric outcomes in the United States.
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PMID:  22561542     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relation between life satisfaction and obstetric outcomes in the United States.
METHODS: Based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System life satisfaction results (2005-2008), the 50 states and Washington, DC were categorized into higher, middle, and lower life satisfaction groups. We obtained data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Vital Statistics System (2005-2008) and calculated the fertility rates and fetal, neonatal, and infant mortality rates for the 50 states and Washington, DC. Correlations were examined. Risk ratios and 95% confidence intervals between groups were calculated.
RESULTS: There was a significant correlation between life satisfaction and fertility rate (r = 0.34; P = 0.012) and infant mortality rate (r = 0.28; P = 0.044). The higher group had a greater fertility rate, but it also had higher infant and neonatal mortality rates than those of the lower group.
CONCLUSIONS: Although the states with the most life satisfaction had higher fertility rates, they also had worse mortality outcomes. Birth outcomes may be more greatly affected by factors other than life satisfaction.
Karisa C Klemm; Ba Everett F Magann; John C Morrison; Suneet P Chauhan
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  105     ISSN:  1541-8243     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  279-82     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
From the Smith College, Northampton, MA, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, the University of Mississippi Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics, Jackson, and the Eastern Virginia Medical Center, Norfolk.
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