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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. Jul 2005; 90(4): F337–F338.
PMCID: PMC1721911

Social deprivation and admission for neonatal care


Objective: To determine whether social deprivation is associated with neonatal unit admission.

Setting: English district general hospital.

Method: Retrospective review of neonatal unit admission records between 1990 and 2002.

Results: There was a linear increase in admission rates with increasing deprivation. The admission rate was 6.1% of live births for infants in the most affluent quartile compared with 11.1% for those in the most deprived quartile. Admission rates for all indications except jaundice and feeding problems increased with increasing deprivation.

Conclusion: Social deprivation correlates strongly with neonatal morbidity and the need for neonatal unit admission. This finding has implications for professionals in public health and primary and secondary care.

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