Estimation of individual neonatal survival using birth weight and gestational age: a way to improve neonatal care

This study, undertaken in Chile and reported in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, sought to determine the combined effect of birth weight and gestational age at birth on neonatal mortality. Logistic regression was used to reveal the interactive effect of these two factors on the individual probability of death. Odds ratios were different and nonlinear for the factors’ effects. The study concludes that a graph estimating the survival potential of infants born too early or too small could improve neonatal care.

Mardones F, G Marshall, P Viviani, L Villarroel, BR Burkhalter, JL Tapia, J Cerda, T García-Huidobro, C Ralph, E Oyarzun, and F Mardones-Restat, “Estimation of individual neonatal survival using birth weight and gestational age: a way to improve neonatal care,” Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 26(2008): 54–63.

Publication Date 
March 2008
Authors 
Mardones F, G Marshall, P Viviani, L Villarroel, BR Burkhalter, JL Tapia, J Cerda, T García-Huidobro, C Ralph, E Oyarzun, and F Mardones-Restat
Resource Type 
Publications
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles