Journal article

An assessment of the impact of public health activities to reduce the prevalence of the prone sleeping position during infancy: the Tasmanian Cohort Study.

AL Ponsonby, T Dwyer, SV Kasl, JA Cochrane, NM Newman

Prev Med | Published : 1994

Abstract

BACKGROUND: An intervention to reduce the prevalence of the prone sleeping position during infancy was implemented in Tasmania particularly from 1991 onward. The purpose of this report is to assess the impact of public health activities in promoting avoidance of the prone infant sleeping position among cohort study participants. METHODS: The prospective cohort study involved the one-fifth of Tasmanian live births who are assessed perinatally as being at higher risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). From 1 January 1988 until 30 April 1992, 5,403 infants participated in the hospital (4 days postnatal age) and home interviews (5 weeks postnatal age) (88% of eligible infants). After the f..

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