Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences

Heazell, Alexander E. P., Siassakos, Dimitrios, Blencowe, Hannah, Burden, Christy, Bhutta, Zulfiqar A., Cacciatore, Joanne, Dang, Nghia, Das, Jai, Flenady, Vicki, Gold, Katherine J., Mensah, Oliva K., Millum, Joseph, Nuzum, Daniel, O'Donoghue, Keelin, Redshaw, Maggie, Rizvi, Arjumand, Roberts, Tracy, Saraki, H. E. Toyin, Storey, Claire, Wojcieszek, Aleena M. and Downe, Soo (2016) Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences. The Lancet, 387 10018: 604-616. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00836-3

Author Heazell, Alexander E. P.
Siassakos, Dimitrios
Blencowe, Hannah
Burden, Christy
Bhutta, Zulfiqar A.
Cacciatore, Joanne
Dang, Nghia
Das, Jai
Flenady, Vicki
Gold, Katherine J.
Mensah, Oliva K.
Millum, Joseph
Nuzum, Daniel
O'Donoghue, Keelin
Redshaw, Maggie
Rizvi, Arjumand
Roberts, Tracy
Saraki, H. E. Toyin
Storey, Claire
Wojcieszek, Aleena M.
Downe, Soo
Title Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences
Journal name The Lancet   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-547X
Publication date 2016-02-06
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00836-3
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 387
Issue 10018
Start page 604
End page 616
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Lancet Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract Despite the frequency of stillbirths, the subsequent implications are overlooked and underappreciated. We present findings from comprehensive, systematic literature reviews, and new analyses of published and unpublished data, to establish the effect of stillbirth on parents, families, health-care providers, and societies worldwide. Data for direct costs of this event are sparse but suggest that a stillbirth needs more resources than a livebirth, both in the perinatal period and in additional surveillance during subsequent pregnancies. Indirect and intangible costs of stillbirth are extensive and are usually met by families alone. This issue is particularly onerous for those with few resources. Negative effects, particularly on parental mental health, might be moderated by empathic attitudes of care providers and tailored interventions. The value of the baby, as well as the associated costs for parents, families, care providers, communities, and society, should be considered to prevent stillbirths and reduce associated morbidity.
Keyword Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID CS-2013-13-009
Institutional Status UQ

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