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July 18, 2001

Negative Outcomes of Infant Home Apnea Monitoring

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(3):304. doi:10.1001/jama.286.3.302

To the Editor: In Dr Jobe's editorial1 on a study of home apnea monitors in infants,2 he notes that "a home monitoring industry . . . has now operated for many years without . . . a sound scientific foundation." He finds that the study casts further such doubt on the usefulness of home monitoring and concludes that monitoring should be severely curtailed. However, Jobe does not address the ethical and legal aspects of the inappropriate use of home monitors.

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