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Effects of gestational age at birth on health outcomes at 3 and 5 years of age: population based cohort study

Elaine M Boyle, Gry Poulsen, David J Field, Jennifer J Kurinczuk, Dieter Wolke, Zarko Alfirevic and Maria A Quigley
BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vol. 344, No. 7848 (17 March 2012), p. 17
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41551567
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Abstract

STUDY QUESTION What is the burden of adverse later health status associated with moderate/late preterm (32-36 weeks) and early term (37-38 weeks) birth? SUMMARY ANSWER Health outcomes of moderate/late preterm and early term babies are worse than those of full term babies, and these babies present a greater burden on public health services than do very preterm babies. WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHATTHIS PAPER ADDS Moderate/late preterm infants have increased neonatal morbidity and mortality compared with those bom at 37 weeks or later. A gradient of increasing risk of poorer health outcomes with decreasing gestation extends across all gestations.

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