Nugent RR. Perinatal regionalization in North Carolina, 1967-1979: services, programs, referral patterns, and perinatal mortality rate declines for very low birthweight infants. N C Med J. 1982;43(7):513-515.
NPM: 3: Perinatal Regionalization
Intervention Components (click on component to see a list of all articles that use that intervention): HOSPITAL, Development/Improvement of Services, Continuing Education of Hospital Providers, Needs Assessment, POPULATION-BASED SYSTEMS, STATE, Policy/Guideline (State), Funding Support, Perinatal Committees/Councils, Increased Reimbursement
Intervention Results:Among all VLBW infants, there was a change in birth location distribution. Of these infants, the percentage born in level III hospitals increased from 25.7% in period one to 46.8% in period four. The percentage born in level II hospitals decreased from 41.7% to 36% and the percentage born in level I also decreased from 32.6% to 17.2%. The authors do not comment on the statistical significance of these results.