New Zealand has suffered a very high mortality rate from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as « crib death » or « cot death. » This prompted the development of the New Zealand Cot Death Study, a case-controlled epidemiological study.
The preliminary findings of this study identified three risk behaviors potentially amenable to modification : prone sleeping position of the infant, maternal smoking, and not breastfeeding.
These findings were discussed with the major stakeholders of child health.
The Department of Health coordinated the development of a health education SIDS prevention program.
Since the Help Prevent Cot Death Programme was launched in February 1991, the rate of total infant deaths, which was 10.1/1000 live births in 1987, fell to 7.6/1000 live births in 1991.
The SIDS rate fell from 4,2/1000 in 1987 to 2.5/1000 in 1991.
It is suggested that the described health education program had a significant influence on this improvement in infant survival.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mort subite, Nourrisson, Homme, Mortalité, Programme sanitaire, Prévention, Education sanitaire, Nouvelle Zélande, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sudden death, Infant, Human, Mortality, Sanitary program, Prevention, Health education, New Zealand, Oceania
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0319911
Code Inist : 002B27B11. Création : 01/03/1996.