Epidemiology of prematurity--how valid are comparisons of neonatal outcomes?

  title={Epidemiology of prematurity--how valid are comparisons of neonatal outcomes?},
  author={Elizabeth S Draper and David J Field},
  journal={Seminars in fetal & neonatal medicine},
  volume={12 5},
Direct comparisons of neonatal outcomes at any level (unit, regional or international), require detailed validation and standardisation to ensure 'like for like' evaluation. Reported variation in neonatal performance may be either real or the result of one or more artefacts of the data collection. These issues need to be understood in order for an accurate interpretation to be made. Such artefacts are a particular feature of national data collection systems and can lead to serious… CONTINUE READING

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