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Type: Journal article
Title: Research and sudden infant death syndrome: Definitions, diagnostic difficulties and discrepancies
Author: Byard, R.
Krous, H.
Citation: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2004; 40(8):419-421
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 1034-4810
Abstract: The diagnosis of causes of sudden infant death is an often complex and difficult process. Variable standards of autopsy practice and the use of different definitions for entities such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) have also contributed to confusion and discrepancies. For example, the term SIDS has been used when the requirements of standard definitions have not been fulfilled. In an attempt to correct this situation recent initiatives have been undertaken to stratify cases of unexpected infant death and to institute protocols that provide frameworks for investigations. However, if research is to be meaningful, researchers must be scrupulous in assessing how extensively cases have been investigated and how closely cases fit with internationally recognized definitions and standards. Unless this approach is adopted, evaluation of research findings in SIDS will be difficult and the literature will continue to be beset by contradictions and unsubstantiated conclusions.
Keywords: Humans; Sudden Infant Death; Cause of Death; Biomedical Research; Infant
RMID: 0020040684
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2004.00421.x
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