Preterm birth is defined as delivery before 37 weeks of gestation. It is the leading cause of neonatal death and infant mortality, often as a result of respiratory distress syndrome due to immature lung development. Babies who survive are also at high risk of neurological disability and can experience further breathing, feeding, digestive, visual, and hearing problems. Observational studies have found that a prior history of preterm birth significantly
Births that follow spontaneous preterm labor (PTL) and preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM) are together designated as spontaneous preterm births. Spontaneous preterm births account for ~70% of all premature deliveries, where the remaining 30% are indicated as a result of maternal or fetal infection. Of those births classified as spontaneous preterm births, 64% are the result of preterm labor (PTL) and 36% are are the result of preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM).
Review articles are the summary of current state of understanding on a particular research topic. They analyze or discuss research previously published by scientist and academicians rather than reporting novel research results.
Review article comes in the form of systematic reviews and literature reviews and are a form of secondary literature. Systematic reviews determine an objective list of criteria, and find all previously published original research papers that meet the criteria. They then compare the results presented in these papers. Literature reviews, by contrast, provide a summary of what the authors believe are the best and most relevant prior publications.
The concept of "review article" is separate from the concept of peer-reviewed literature. It is possible for a review to be peer-reviewed, and it is possible for a review to be non-peer-reviewed.
Last date updated on September, 2014