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Is More Neonatal Intensive Care Always Better?

Monday, 17 November 2008 20:18
Compared with the other 3 countries, the United States has more neonatal intensive care resources yet provides proportionately less support for preconception and prenatal care. Low birth weight rates were notably higher in the United States, partially explaining the high crude mortality rates.

The United States has significantly greater neonatal intensive care resources per capita, compared with 3 other developed countries, without having consistently better birth weight-specific mortality. Despite low birth weight rates that exceed other countries, the United States has proportionately more providers per low birth weight infant, but offers less extensive preconception and prenatal services. This study questions the effectiveness of the current distribution of US reproductive care resources and its emphasis on neonatal intensive care

Thompson LA, Goodman DC, Little GA   Is More Neonatal Intensive Care Always Better? Insights From a Cross-National Comparison of Reproductive Care   Pediatrics 2002 (Jun);   109 (6):   1036-1043