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Unprecedented reduction in births of very low birthweight (VLBW) and extremely low birthweight (ELBW) infants during the COVID-19 lockdown in Ireland: a ‘natural experiment’ allowing analysis of data from the prior two decades

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dc.contributor.author Philip, Roy K.
dc.contributor.author Purtill, Helen
dc.contributor.author Reidy, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Daly, Mandy
dc.contributor.author Imcha, Mendinaro
dc.contributor.author McGrath, Deirdre
dc.contributor.author O'Connell, Nuala H
dc.contributor.author Dunne, Colum P.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-30T12:01:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-30T12:01:02Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9384
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Aetiology of births involving very low birthweight (VLBW) and extremely low birthweight (ELBW) infants is heterogeneous and preventive strategies remain elusive. Socioenvironmental measures implemented as Ireland’s response to the SARS- CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) pandemic represented a national lockdown, and have possibly influenced the health and well- being of pregnant women and unborn infants. Methods Regional trends of VLBW and ELBW infants in one designated health area of Ireland over two decades were analysed. Poisson regression and rate ratio analyses with 95% CI were conducted. Regional data covering most of the lockdown period of 2020 were compared with historical regional and national data and forecasted national figures for 2020. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BMJ en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMJ Global Health;5, e003075
dc.subject Aetiology en_US
dc.subject unborn infants en_US
dc.title Unprecedented reduction in births of very low birthweight (VLBW) and extremely low birthweight (ELBW) infants during the COVID-19 lockdown in Ireland: a ‘natural experiment’ allowing analysis of data from the prior two decades en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003075
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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