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Paediatr Child Health. 2006 May;11(5):267-70.

Neonatal follow-up programs and follow-up studies: Historical and current perspectives.

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  • 1Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary.


The present report reviews some highlights in the history of neonatal intensive care and neonatal follow-up programs, particularly developments and reports that were based on experiences in Canada. Early outcomes reported from 'preemie baby units' were distressing, but attention has consistently been paid to preterm infant outcomes, even from the early days of neonatal intensive care units. Most current follow-up programs have goals related to 'audit' functions, education and clinical roles, but existing literature related to these functions is limited. Several reports have provided guidance in terms of neonatal follow-up research issues, and these strengthen the place of follow-up studies in outcomes research.


Follow-up; NICU; Neonatal; Outcomes; Programs

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