Reduced schedule of antenatal visits

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.167 (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:167
  1. Tom O'Connell
  1. Postgraduate student Department of Public Health Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland

    Differences in psychosocial outcomes between groups were not large

    EDITOR,—Jim Sikorski and colleagues' paper comparing two different schedules of antenatal visits highlights the wide variation in practices within the European Union.1 The average number of antenatal visits is five in Luxembourg; seven in Belgium, France, and Italy; and 10 in Germany and Denmark.2 The authors' main conclusions are that a reduced schedule of antenatal visits may lead to reduced pyschosocial effectiveness and dissatisfaction with the …

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