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Matching risk and resources in high-risk pregnancies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17118739     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the joint impact of pregnancy risk and the timing of referral of high-risk pregnancies from obstetricians to maternal fetal medicine (MFM) sub-specialists on gestational age (GA) at delivery. METHODS: For the period 1992-2002, 2567 consecutive deliveries from pregnancies of at least 23 weeks gestational age (GA) from a community-level sub-specialty perinatal center were studied. A multiple regression model was developed specifying the impact of various risk factors and referral timing. RESULTS: Prior pregnancy risk was inversely related to GA at birth. Referral timing, operationalized as a continuous variable, did not have a significant additive impact on GA at birth, but several dummy-variable interaction effects combining risk factors and referral before 20 weeks as a dichotomy were significant. CONCLUSION: There are identifiable risks that occur either before the pregnancy or early into it that should lead to early referral to a sub-specialist because of their impact on GA at birth. Early referral is an important tactic in a larger preterm prevention strategy, but it needs to be embedded in a broader maternal-fetal health initiative in which both generalists and sub-specialists play important roles.
David W Britt; Robert D Eden; Mark I Evans
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1476-7058     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-22     Completed Date:  2007-02-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  645-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Fetal Medicine Foundation of America, New York, NY 10021, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy, High-Risk*
Referral and Consultation
Risk Factors

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