Low birth weight and preterm births: Etiologic fraction attributable to prenatal drug exposure

Henrietta S. Bada, Abhik Das, Charles R. Bauer, Seetha Shankaran, Barry M. Lester, Charlotte C. Gard, Linda L. Wright, Linda LaGasse, Rosemary Higgins

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the factors that would increase the likelihood of outcomes: low birth weight (LBW), preterm births and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Study design: Secondary data analysis from a multi-center study. Risk factors for each outcome were derived from logistic regression models. Odds ratios (OR), 95% confidence intervals, and population-attributable risk proportions (PAR%) were estimated. Results: Prenatal cocaine exposure increased the likelihood of LBW (OR: 3.59), prematurity (OR: 1.25), and IUGR (OR: 2.24). Tobacco, but not marijuana, significantly influenced these outcomes. Alcohol had an effect on LBW and IUGR. Etiologic fractions (PAR%) attributable to tobacco for LBW, prematurity, and IUGR were 5.57, 3.66, and 13.79%, respectively. With additional drug exposure including cocaine, estimated summary PAR% increased to 7.20% (LBW), 5.68% (prematurity), and 17.96% (IUGR). Conclusion: Disease burden for each outcome increases with each added drug exposure; however, etiologic fraction attributable to tobacco is greater than for cocaine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-637
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume25
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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    Bada, H. S., Das, A., Bauer, C. R., Shankaran, S., Lester, B. M., Gard, C. C., Wright, L. L., LaGasse, L., & Higgins, R. (2005). Low birth weight and preterm births: Etiologic fraction attributable to prenatal drug exposure. Journal of Perinatology, 25(10), 631-637. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.jp.7211378