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Stillbirths: recall to action in high-income countries

Overview of attention for article published in The Lancet, February 2016
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32 news outlets
6 blogs
5 policy sources
40 tweeters
3 Facebook pages
1 Google+ user


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Stillbirths: recall to action in high-income countries
Published in
The Lancet, February 2016
DOI 10.1016/s0140-6736(15)01020-x
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Vicki Flenady, Aleena M Wojcieszek, Philippa Middleton, David Ellwood, Jan Jaap Erwich, Michael Coory, T Yee Khong, Robert M Silver, Gordon C S Smith, Frances M Boyle, Joy E Lawn, Hannah Blencowe, Susannah Hopkins Leisher, Mechthild M Gross, Dell Horey, Lynn Farrales, Frank Bloomfield, Lesley McCowan, Stephanie J Brown, K S Joseph, Jennifer Zeitlin, Hanna E Reinebrant, Joanne Cacciatore, Claudia Ravaldi, Alfredo Vannacci, Jillian Cassidy, Paul Cassidy, Cindy Farquhar, Euan Wallace, Dimitrios Siassakos, Alexander E P Heazell, Claire Storey, Lynn Sadler, Scott Petersen, J Frederik Frøen, Robert L Goldenberg, Vicki Flenady, J Frederik Frøen, Mary V Kinney, Luc de Bernis, Joy E Lawn, Hannah Blencowe, Alexander Heazell, Susannah Hopkins Leisher, Jessica Ruidiaz, Andre Carvalho, Jane Dahlstrom, Christine East, Jane P Fox, Kristen Gibbons, Ibinabo Ibiebele, Sue Kildea, Glenn Gardener, Rohan Lourie, Patricia Wilson, Adrienne Gordon, Belinda Jennings, Alison Kent, Susan McDonald, Kelly Merchant, Jeremy Oats, Susan P Walker, Leanne Raven, Anne Schirmann, Francine de Montigny, Grace Guyon, Beatrice Blondel, Sabine de Wall, Sheelagh Bonham, Paul Corcoran, Mairie Cregan, Sarah Meany, Margaret Murphy, Stephanie Fukui, Sanne Gordijn, Fleurisca Korteweg, Robin Cronin, Vicki Mason, Vicki Culling, Anna Usynina, Karin Pettersson, Ingela Rådestad, Susanne van Gogh, Bia Bichara, Stephanie Bradley, Alison Ellis, Soo Downe, Elizabeth Draper, Brad Manktelow, Janet Scott, Lucy Smith, William Stones, Tina Lavender, Wes Duke, Ruth C Fretts, Katherine J Gold, Elizabeth McClure, Uma Reddy


Variation in stillbirth rates across high-income countries and large equity gaps within high-income countries persist. If all high-income countries achieved stillbirth rates equal to the best performing countries, 19 439 late gestation (28 weeks or more) stillbirths could have been avoided in 2015. The proportion of unexplained stillbirths is high and can be addressed through improvements in data collection, investigation, and classification, and with a better understanding of causal pathways. Substandard care contributes to 20-30% of all stillbirths and the contribution is even higher for late gestation intrapartum stillbirths. National perinatal mortality audit programmes need to be implemented in all high-income countries. The need to reduce stigma and fatalism related to stillbirth and to improve bereavement care are also clear, persisting priorities for action. In high-income countries, a woman living under adverse socioeconomic circumstances has twice the risk of having a stillborn child when compared to her more advantaged counterparts. Programmes at community and country level need to improve health in disadvantaged families to address these inequities.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
United States 2 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Myanmar 1 <1%
Colombia 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 522 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 86 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 67 13%
Researcher 65 12%
Student > Bachelor 54 10%
Other 38 7%
Other 101 19%
Unknown 124 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 199 37%
Nursing and Health Professions 87 16%
Social Sciences 19 4%
Psychology 16 3%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 2%
Other 67 13%
Unknown 135 25%

Attention Score in Context

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