Delivery Outcomes Similar With Family Doctors, Obstetricians
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Thursday, August 27, 2015 09:45 PM

For pregnant women who are at low risk for delivery complications, newborn and maternal outcomes are similar for obstetric deliveries by family physicians and obstetricians, according to a retrospective, population-based cohort study.

"Over the past several decades in Canada, obstetric deliveries have increasingly been attended by specialist obstetricians rather than family physicians.”  Although previous studies suggest that obstetric outcomes are similar for deliveries by family physicians and obstetricians, many of these studies were small and did not adjust for selection bias. To overcome these limitations, investigators in this study used an econometric method to adjust for unobserved confounding.

On the basis of their findings, the study authors conclude that risks for perinatal mortality and adverse maternal outcomes were similar for obstetric deliveries by family physicians and obstetricians after adjustment for observed and unobserved confounders. 


Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/850032