Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences


Heazell, AEP; Siassakos, D; Blencowe, H; Burden, C; Bhutta, ZA; Cacciatore, J; Dang, N; Das, J; Flenady, V; Gold, KJ; Mensah, OK; Millum, J; Nuzum, D; O'Donoghue, K; Redshaw, M; Rizvi, A; Roberts, T; Saraki, HET; Storey, C; Wojcieszek, AM; Downe, S; Lancet Ending Preventable, S; Lancet Ending Preventable, S; (2016) Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences. Lancet, 387 (10018). pp. 604-616. ISSN 0140-6736 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00836-3

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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 We present findings from comprehensive, systematic literature reviews, and new analyses of published and unpublished data, to establish the effect of stillbirth on parents, families, health-care providers, and societies worldwide.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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: FOLLOW-UP INTERVENTION, PERINATAL LOSS, PREGNANCY LOSS, MATERNAL, MORTALITY, NEONATAL DEATH, COST-EFFECTIVENESS, DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS, PARENTS EXPERIENCES, MOTHERS EXPERIENCE, BEREAVED PARENTS
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
PubMed ID: 26794073
Web of Science ID: 369835800038
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2534179

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