When is birthweight at term abnormally low?: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the association and predictive ability of current birthweight standards for neonatal outcomes

Malin, G.L. and Morris, R.K. and Riley, R. and Teune, M.J. and Khan, K.S. (2014) When is birthweight at term abnormally low?: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the association and predictive ability of current birthweight standards for neonatal outcomes. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 121 (5). pp. 515-526. ISSN 1470-0328

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Abstract

Background

Intrauterine growth restriction is a cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. A variety of definitions of low birthweight are used in clinical practice, with a lack of consensus regarding which definitions best predict adverse outcomes.

Objectives

To evaluate the relationship between birthweight standards and neonatal outcome in term-born infants (at ≥ 37 weeks of gestation).

Search strategy

MEDLINE (1966–January 2011), EMBASE (1980–January 2011), and the Cochrane Library (2011:1) and MEDION were included in our search.

Selection criteria

Studies comprising live term-born infants (gestation ≥ 37 completed weeks), with weight or other anthropometric measurements recorded at birth along with neonatal outcomes.

Data collection and analysis

Data were extracted to populate 2 × 2 tables relating birthweight standard with outcome, and meta-analysis was performed where possible.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Medical Education Unit and Medical Courses Office
Depositing User: Snowden, Ms Diane
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2014 09:34
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 02:50
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2379

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