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A national study of sudden infant death syndrome in New Zealand.
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PMID:  3393328     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the sudden infant death syndrome is a major component of New Zealand's high postneonatal mortality rate, little is known about its national epidemiological patterns. In this paper, based on all cases born during 1981-83, the rate of sudden infant death syndrome was 4.2/1000 livebirths. The rate declined with maternal age, birthweight, and length of gestation, but increased with parity and Registrar-General's social class. Exnuptial and male births were also at high risk, as were births to Maori and New Zealand born mothers. There was a significant seasonal pattern and a distinct north-south gradient. The rate of sudden infant death syndrome in the south of the South Island was almost twice that in the north of the North Island. These patterns are, however, similar to those of the other preventable causes of postneonatal mortality. Future research into New Zealand's postneonatal mortality needs to consider all the possible preventable causes of mortality during this period of an infant's life, rather than concentrating on only one group of at-risk infants.
B Borman; J Fraser; G de Boer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  101     ISSN:  0028-8446     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1988 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-08-18     Completed Date:  1988-08-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  NEW ZEALAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  413-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Health Statistics Centre, Wellington.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Ethnic Groups
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
New Zealand
Risk Factors
Social Class
Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology*

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