Journal article

Association Between Moderate and Late Preterm Birth and Neurodevelopment and Social-Emotional Development at Age 2 Years

Jeanie L Cheong, Lex W Doyle, Alice C Burnett, Katherine J Lee, Jennifer M Walsh, Cody R Potter, Karli Treyvaud, Deanne K Thompson, Joy E Olsen, Peter J Anderson, Alicia J Spittle



Importance: Moderate and late preterm (MLPT) births comprise most preterm infants. Therefore, long-term developmental concerns in this population potentially have a large public health influence. While there are increasing reports of developmental problems in MLPT children, detail is lacking on the precise domains that are affected. Objective: To compare neurodevelopment and social-emotional development between MLPT infants and term-born control infants at age 2 years. Design, Setting, and Participants: This investigation was a prospective longitudinal cohort study at a single tertiary hospital. Participants were MLPT infants (32-36 weeks' completed gestation) and healthy full-term controls ..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the following grants from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council: project grants 1028822 and 1034516, Centre of Research Excellence grant 1060733, Early Career Fellowship grant 1053787 (Dr Cheong), Senior Research Fellowship grant 1081288 (Dr Anderson), Career Development Fellowship grant 1085754 (Dr Thompson), grant 1053609 (Dr Lee), and grant 1108714 (Dr Spittle). This study was also supported by The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.