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Research Letter
July 1, 2019

Disclosure of Infant Unsafe Sleep Practices by African American Mothers in Primary Care Settings

Author Affiliations
  • 1Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(9):878-879. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1687

African American infants from low-income families remain at high risk for sleep-related deaths despite the reduction in infant sleep deaths in the general population.1 As part of a larger research study,2 46 African American mothers were asked about their infants’ sleep practices during 3 separate encounters on the same day: a survey administered by a research assistant (RA), a well-baby visit with the pediatrician, and a safe sleep discussion with a health educator (HE). Based on the mothers’ responses during each encounter, this study assesses the disclosure rates for unsafe sleep practices.