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Can home monitoring reduce mortality in infants at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome? A systematic review


Dr. Eugen-Matthias Strehle, M.D., M.Sc., M.Phil., Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Lecturer, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University, North Shields NE29 8NH, UK. Tel: +44191 203 1200 | Fax: +44191 2932520 | Email:


Aim:  To conduct a systematic review to evaluate the effectiveness of home monitoring devices in the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Methods:  Systematic literature review to June 30, 2010.

Results:  Eleven unique studies were identified. Only one of these studies involved a comparison of home monitoring with a control intervention and so could be deemed level I evidence. The remaining studies constituted level III evidence.

Conclusions:  There is no high-level evidence that home monitoring may be of use in preventing SIDS; further research is needed.