Statistics from Altmetric.com
Preterm birth, delivery before 37 weeks gestation, is a leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide.1 Despite extensive research efforts, the prevalence of preterm birth in the USA has increased to 12% over the last 30 years compared with 5–9% in Europe.2 Furthermore, pharmacologic and medical technologic advances (eg, antenatal corticosteroids, antibiotic prophylaxis, surfactant therapy and high-frequency ventilation) have led to significantly improved survival among preterm-born individuals.3 Although much is known about the short-term effect of preterm birth,4 less is known about longer-term outcomes in adulthood. Given the increasing preterm birth survivorship and the inability, thus far, to significantly reduce preterm birth, understanding …
Competing interests None.
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.