Hertz-Picciotto, Irva (2003). Is It Time to Abandon Adjustment for Birth Weight in Studies of Infant Mortality?. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 17(2)
Birthweight and its relationship to adverse perinatal outcomes has been the subject of a great many public health investigations. Sometimes birthweight is considered an outcome in its own right, and other times it is used as an indicator of ‘risk’, e.g. for mortality. This latter use of birthweight generated a critique,1-3 methodological research2-5 and continued controversy.6-10 Whether or not low birthweight merits being seen as an adverse outcome worthy of study, its use as an indicator of increased risk of mortality is of high practical concern, particularly in the field of quality of care.
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