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Scottish data on intrapartum related deaths are in same direction as Welsh data

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7157.539 (Published 22 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:539
  1. James W T Chalmers, Consultant in public health medicine,
  2. Etta Shanks, Senior health information scientist,
  3. Samantha Paterson, Administrative and technical officer,
  4. Kevin McInneny, Health information scientist,
  5. David Baird, Statistical support manager,
  6. Gillian Penney, Programme coordinator
  1. Information and Statistics Division, National Health Service in Scotland, Edinburgh EH5 3SQ
  2. Scottish Programme for Clinical Effectiveness in Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 9EW

    EDITOR—Stewart et al studied deaths related to intrapartum asphyxia in Wales and found that mortality was higher in babies born at night; during the holiday months of July and August; during February and August, when junior staff rotate to new posts; and towards the end of the week (although the latter two measures were not significant).1 We have attempted to replicate their study, using records relating to births in Scotland during the same period (1993-5). Because of differences between Scottish and Welsh schools' academic terms, …

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