Neonatal encephalopathy and cerebral palsy revisited

The current state of kowledge and the impact of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force report

Maria A. Morgan, Gary Hankins, Stanley Zinberg, Jay Schulkin

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Objectives: To re-assess obstetrician-gynecologists' knowledge of neonatal encephalopathy and cerebral palsy after publication of the ACOG/AAP Task Force report. Study design: A questionnaire investigating knowledge of neonatal encephalopathy and cerebral palsy was mailed to 1060 members of ACOG, 337 of whom participated in a similar study in 2001. Results: There was a strong association between familiarity with ACOG documentation and knowledge of neonatal encephalopathy (NE) and cerebral palsy (CP) (p<0.001). As with obstetricians surveyed in 2001, knowledge gaps remain. Performance was better on practices questions than knowledge questions. About one-third (34.2%) of the physicians said their knowledge of neonatal encephalopathy was poor or deficient; the majority (76%) rated their residency training as inadequate to marginal. Conclusion: The results indicate better knowledge of neonatal encephalopathy and cerebral palsy among physicians more familiar with the Task Force report. There is a clear need for emphasis on these topics during training and continuing medical education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-525
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume25
Issue number8
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StatePublished - Aug 2005

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Neonatal encephalopathy and cerebral palsy revisited : The current state of kowledge and the impact of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force report. / Morgan, Maria A.; Hankins, Gary; Zinberg, Stanley; Schulkin, Jay.

In: Journal of Perinatology, Vol. 25, No. 8, 08.2005, p. 519-525.

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