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Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians' practice patterns for 22-week delivery management.


ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE:To describe Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians' practice patterns for 22-week delivery management. MEHODS:Surveyed 750 randomly-sampled members of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, querying MFMs' practices and policies guiding 22-week delivery management. RESULTS:Three hundred and twenty-five (43%) MFMs responded. Nearly all (87%) would offer induction. Twenty-eight percent would order steroids, and 12% would perform cesarean for a patient desiring resuscitation. Offering induction differed significantly based on the provider's practice setting, region, religious service attendance and political affiliation. In multivariable analyses, political affiliation remained a significant predictor of offering induction (p?=?0.03). CONCLUSIONS:Most MFMs offer induction for PPROM at 22 weeks. A noteworthy proportion is willing to order steroids and perform cesarean. Personal beliefs and practice characteristics may contribute to these decisions. While little is known about the efficacy of these interventions at 22 weeks, some MFMs will offer obstetrical intervention if resuscitation is intended.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC5109975 | BioStudies |

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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