253873 Effects of prenatal care on inpatient utilization and cost: The dimensions of a population-based study

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 8:30 AM

Norman J. Waitzman, PhD , Economics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Edward Coffield, PhD Candidate , Department of Economics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Limited research to date has investigated the effects of prenatal care on maternal outcomes as well as on infants, and on outcomes beyond delivery for either mothers or infants. A unique linkage of birth certificates to hospital discharge abstracts at the individual level afforded the opportunity to undertake detailed multivariate analyses of the effects of various measures of adequacy of prenatal care on inpatient hospitalization and cost for a cohort of over 30,000 infants born in Utah in 1997, and for their mothers at delivery; through the neonatal period; through infancy; and beyond infancy, for subsequent births (mothers only). A methodological overview is provided which sets the foundation for results and implications in the remaining presentations of the session.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
Describe and define the dataset, methodology, and different prenatal care utilization measures used in this study; List the testable hypotheses explored during this session

Keywords: Prenatal Care, Healthcare Costs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a health services researcher and health economist with expertise in the area of focus.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.