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Religious affiliation and obstetric outcome.
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PMID:  7973897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between religious affiliation and obstetric outcome. We reviewed 1,919 records of patients whose infants were born at a university medical center. Data obtained from maternal and newborn records included demographic information, prenatal history, labor and delivery records, and religious affiliation. Maternal complications and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions were lowest for mainline Christians (11%, 11%), intermediate for evangelical Christians (17%, 12%), and highest for patients with no religious preferences (21%, 18%). After controlling for possible confounders, the association of religious affiliation and lower NICU admission rates remained. Mainline Christians had a lower frequency of maternal complications. Patients with a religious affiliation had better obstetric outcome than those without. Most of the association seems to be due to a lower risk social profile, but a small positive influence of religion persisted.
D E King; W Hueston; M Rudy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1994 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-12-13     Completed Date:  1994-12-13     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1125-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Family Medicine, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC 27858-4354.
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Obstetric Labor Complications
Patient Admission
Pregnancy Complications
Pregnancy Outcome*
Grant Support
HS 07012-01/HS/AHRQ HHS

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