PRETERM BIRTH PREVENTION PROGRAMS: A Critique of Current Literature

Authors

  • Patricia Aikins Murphy CNM, DrPH

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    • Patricia Aikins Murphy is Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Columbia University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. She received her M.S. from that program in 1979 and her Dr.P.H. in epidemiology from the Columbia University School of Public Health in 1993.


Columbia University School of Nursing, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032.

ABSTRACT

Published reports of the effectiveness of preterm birth prevention programs have produced mixed results. Many larger observational studies suggest benefit. The randomized trials, however, suggest no effect on reducing rates of preterm birth in high-risk populations. This article reviews and critiques these reports and suggests areas for further research.

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