Thursday, April 14, 2011

UK Stillbirth rate - Cambridge research contributes to evidence base

Research published online by the Lancet gives evidence of stillbirth rates in the UK being higher than in almost every other high-income country.
The UK had about 4,100 stillbirths in 2009 and, with a rate of 3.5 per 1,000 births, was ranked 33rd in a list of 193 countries - down from 26th in 1995.

Only France and Austria ranked lower among high-income nations.

Article:Major risk factors for stillbirth in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis Vicki Flenady MMedSc, Laura Koopmans BPsycha, Philippa Middleton MPHb,Frederik Frøen MD, Prof Gordon C Smith MD, Kristen Gibbons BMaths, Michael Coory MD, Adrienne Gordon MD, Prof David Ellwood MD, Prof Harold David McIntyre MD, Ruth Fretts MD and Prof Majid Ezzati PhD

(doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62233-7 )

and plenty other papers published online by the Lancet

You can use either NHS ATHENS or RAVEN to access the full text of this paper.

Hear more from Prof Gordon Smith head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cambridge University, when he spoke to the BBC's Today programme

Read more from the BBC , or the Guardian.


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