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Home versus hospital delivery

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7047.1673 (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1673

Analysis was flawed

  1. Rona Campbell
  1. Lecturer, health services research Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR

    EDITOR,—R S Settatree's analysis purporting to show that delivery in hospital is safer than delivery at home is flawed.1 The 388 deaths among normally formed infants weighing 2500 g or more on which this analysis was based were the subject of confidential inquiries in 1993. Such inquiries into stillbirths and deaths in infancy are initiated when relevant deaths have been identified through a voluntary rapid reporting system. In 1993 there was no case by case cross checking between …

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