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A critical assessment of preterm labor prevention strategies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1613478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Preterm birth is second only to congenital diseases in causing morbidity and mortality in infants. To prevent preterm labor and delivery, a number of strategies have been developed. When choosing a strategy to prevent preterm birth, however, physicians must remember that preterm delivery arises from three separate conditions: iatrogenic preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, and idiopathic preterm labor. Many of the programs that have been developed focus on patients who are at high risk for iatrogenic preterm birth and premature rupture of membranes, but do not include patients who are likely to experience idiopathic preterm labor. Since idiopathic preterm labor is the most common cause of preterm birth and is the most amenable to early intervention with tocolytic agents, more preterm labor education efforts should be included in prenatal care programs. In addition, further research is needed to delineate which features of preterm birth prevention programs are responsible for the beneficial effects that have been observed.
W J Hueston
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of family practice     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0094-3509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Pract     Publication Date:  1992 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-07-30     Completed Date:  1992-07-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502590     Medline TA:  J Fam Pract     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Primary Care Division, St Claire Medical Center, Morehead, Kentucky.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Trials as Topic
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Monitoring, Physiologic / methods
Obstetric Labor, Premature / etiology,  prevention & control*
Patient Education as Topic
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Tocolytic Agents / therapeutic use
Uterine Contraction
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Tocolytic Agents
Comment In:
J Fam Pract. 1993 Feb;36(2):134, 136   [PMID:  8426127 ]

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