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Influence of definition based versus pragmatic birth registration on international comparisons of perinatal and infant mortality: population based retrospective study

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e746 (Published 17 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e746

Re: Influence of definition based versus pragmatic birth registration on international comparisons of perinatal and infant mortality: population based retrospective study

Perinatal mortality (still births + Early neonatal deaths (till 7 days of birth))and Neonatal mortality (0-27 days) are indices of maternal and child health care services of a country, region, state etc.. Perinatal mortality and neonatal deaths depend on high risk factors in mother and baby which in turn can be taken care of by good maternal and neonatal care. Excluding the very low birth weights and gestational ages will also exclude the effect of intensive care given to the mother and child, so it will not be a sensitive index of care given which is an index of development.

Competing interests: No competing interests
19 February 2012
Neeru Gupta
Scientist E
KK Jani and Jugal Kishore
Indian Council of Medical Reserch
V. Ramalingaswamy Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029
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