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J Perinat Educ. 2000 Summer;9(3):5-9.

Apgar Scores: Examining the Long-term Significance.

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K risten S. M ontgomery is a recent doctoral graduate in nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She resides in Clinton Township, Michigan.


The Apgar scoring system was intended as an evaluative measure of a newborn's condition at birth and of the need for immediate attention. In the most recent past, individuals have unsuccessfully attempted to link Apgar scores with long-term developmental outcomes. This practice is not appropriate, as the Apgar score is currently defined. Expectant parents need to be aware of the limitations of the Apgar score and its appropriate uses.

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