Sudden infant death syndrome

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1332 (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1332

More attention should have been paid to socioeconomic factors

  1. Alison Macfarlane
  1. Medical statistician National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR,—Chris Mihill and colleagues were right to complain1 that the breaking of the embargo on the report on the confidential inquiry into stillbirths and deaths in infancy2 and the accompanying papers in the BMJ3 4 meant that there was inadequate time for the full data in the report to be studied. Given more time, journalists might have noticed major differences between the socioeconomic and other circumstances of babies whose death was attributed to the sudden infant death syndrome and control babies. These were not mentioned in the Department of Health's press release …

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