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The relationship between prenatal health behavior advice and low birth weight.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9258298     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The purposes of the study were (a) to examine the relationship between the health behavior advice recommended by the Public Health Service Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care and the risk of low birth weight and (b) to describe the type and frequency of health behavior advice offered to a group of pregnant women. METHODS: The authors used data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/Missouri Maternal and Infant Health Survey, a follow-back survey of women who had delivered very low birth weight infants and of matched control subjects who had delivered moderately low birth weight and normal birth weight infants. Frequency distributions for different types of prenatal health behavior advice were examined for the 2205 participants, and logistic regression analyses were used to determine whether there was a relationship between birth weight and receiving the advice recommended by the Expert Panel. RESULTS: Only 10.4% of mothers reported receiving all seven types of health behavior advice recommended by the Expert Panel. Women who did not receive all seven types of advice were 1.5 times more likely to deliver a very low birth weight infant than a normal birth weight infant. CONCLUSIONS: Further research is needed to better understand the relationship between health education and birth weight.
M R Sable; A A Herman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)     Volume:  112     ISSN:  0033-3549     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Rep     Publication Date:    1997 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-08-28     Completed Date:  1997-08-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716844     Medline TA:  Public Health Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  332-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
School of Social Work, University of Missouri-Columbia 65211, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Case-Control Studies
Guidelines as Topic
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*
Logistic Models
Pregnancy Outcome*
Prenatal Care* / methods,  standards
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