Racial differences in low birth weight. Trends and risk factors.

  title={Racial differences in low birth weight. Trends and risk factors.},
  author={Joel C. Kleinman and S S Kessel},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={317 12},
To identify the risk factors responsible for differences in birth weight between blacks and whites, we investigated the effects of four maternal characteristics (age, parity, marital status, and education) on rates of very low birth weight (less than 1500 g) and moderately low birth weight (between 1500 and 2500 g). Using 1983 national data, we found that the black:white rate ratio was 3.0 for very low birth weight and 2.3 for moderately low birth weight. The four maternal factors had… CONTINUE READING

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