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Clin Perinatol. 1998 Jun;25(2):471-81.

Follow-up of newborns and their mothers after early hospital discharge.

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Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA.


As postpartum hospital stays have become increasingly shorter, more attention has been focused on the importance of routine postdischarge follow-up for newborns and mothers. Recent guidelines and legislation, however, include few specifics on how follow-up services should be provided. Based on the authors' review of the recent literature, it was concluded that the research to date provides little useful information to guide follow-up practices under current conditions. Additional studies that focus on postdischarge follow-up, rather than on length of hospital stay, are needed to provide the basis for more specific practice guidelines.

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