Infants born very preterm, before 32 completed weeks, face the highest risks of neonatal mortality and morbidity. It is therefore vital to monitor these births in Europe.
We asked whether routine data can be used for comparisons of very preterm birth rates in 30 high-income countries?
There were wide variations in very preterm birth rates in Europe, North America, and Japan, especially for births at the limits of viability, at 22-23 weeks.
There is a need to standardize recording of births and deaths at 22-23 weeks in routine health information systems. However, there are also true cross-country differences in very preterm birth rates which are not just due to artefact.
OTHER HEALTH INITIATIVES: The EU Birth Research project
Euro-Peristat is collaborating with the BIRTH COST Action. Project members and representatives met recently in Sofia, Bulgaria from 19th-21st Sept. 2016
The BIRTH COST Action brings together over 100 scientists, artists, professionals, activists, political stakeholders and service users from around 30 countries in Europe and beyond, to try to understand the range and limits of normal childbirth physiology in different populations, individuals, and contexts.
Research project, modules, and outcomes are available here.
Cost Action supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020
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