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Medical News & Perspectives
March 24 2010

Scientists Probe the Role of Clinicians in Rising Rates of Late Preterm Birth

JAMA. 2010;303(12):1129-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.296

Chicago–Inappropriate interventions may be a substantial factor in the increase in late preterm births in the United States, with some physicians pursuing early delivery for a range of indications even when there is little evidence supporting such action, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) in February. Researchers are also finding that outcomes for neonates are poorer when physicians use less stringent criteria for early delivery.

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