Frequency of visits for health care by low-birth-weight and preterm Saudi infants in the first year of life
AbstractA retrospective hospital-based cross-sectional survey in a Saudi Arabian hospital compared the frequency of visits to hospital of low-birth-weight and normal-birth-weight infants and of preterm and full-term infants during the first year of life. A multivariate analysis of the visits for health care with birth weight, term, Apgar score, mode of delivery and sex was made for 1892 infants. The number of visits for health care was significantly higher for low-birth-weight and preterm infants. While the mode of delivery had no effect on the frequency of visits, male sex and poor Apgar score 5 minutes after birth were associated with greater frequency of visits to specialty clinics and higher rates of hospitalization
Al Qahtani, D.A., Imtiaz, M.L., Al Dusari, S.N., Mustafa, A.P. & Rafael, R. (2005). Frequency of visits for health care by low-birth-weight and preterm Saudi infants in the first year of life. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117001
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 11 (4), 732-744, 2005
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