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.
PRETERM BIRTH PREVENTION PROGRAMS: A Critique of Current Literature
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1993 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 324–335, November-December 1993
How to Cite
Murphy, P. A. (1993), PRETERM BIRTH PREVENTION PROGRAMS: A Critique of Current Literature. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 38: 324–335. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(93)90013-7
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
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.