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Preterm birth trends in Greece, 1980-2008: a rising concern.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23360152     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To identify preterm birth trends in Greece.
DESIGN: Retrospective epidemiological study.
SETTING: Women giving birth in Greece from 1980 to 2008.
POPULATION: Live births beyond the 24th gestational week.
METHODS: Data acquisition from the Hellenic Vital Statistics records. Statistical analysis of preterm birth rate among neonates estimated for each year.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Total number of births and preterm births, as well as rate of preterm birth by gestational week. Stillbirth rates by gestational age.
RESULTS: 3 218 463 births occurred during the period under study, 151 594 (4.7%) of which were preterm. A steep rise in preterm births was noted during the final years of the study, reaching 9.6% in 2008. This was mainly due to the "late preterm" sub-group (34(+0) -36(+6) gestational weeks). The rates of stillbirth fell in a constant way regardless of the maturity index.
CONCLUSIONS: Although preterm birth etiology is multifactorial, the selective rise in the "late preterm" group possibly was due to an increase in medical reasons necessitating a preterm delivery, changes in obstetric practice, or both. Further studies are needed to estimate the precise effect of each contributing factor.
Authors:
Georgios Baroutis; Athanasios Mousiolis; Spyros Mesogitis; Christos Costalos; Aris Antsaklis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-02-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica     Volume:  92     ISSN:  1600-0412     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-18     Completed Date:  2013-06-20     Revised Date:  2014-03-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370343     Medline TA:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  575-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2013 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica © 2013 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Female
Gestational Age
Greece / epidemiology
Humans
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy
Premature Birth / epidemiology*
Registries
Retrospective Studies
Stillbirth / epidemiology
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Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2013 Oct;92(10):1231   [PMID:  23656491 ]
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2013 Oct;92(10):1232   [PMID:  23782344 ]

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