New Study Shows Lower Rates of Preterm Delivery for Women Receiving Nurse-Administered 17P at Home vs. Office Setting

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An Alere press release was distributed on February 9, 2012, summarizing a study presented as part of a poster series on issues affecting maternal and fetal health at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) Annual Conference in Dallas. Researchers found that women receiving prophylactic 17P through an administration nursing and care management program were more likely to adhere to recommended treatment criteria, received a greater number of 17P injections, and had lower rates of spontaneous preterm delivery (SPTD) than women who received 17P in a physician’s office setting.

“Finding ways to prevent SPTD is important for parents, physicians and health plans,” said lead study author, Victor Hugo Gonzalez-Quintero, MD, MPH. In the United States, about 12.8 percent of babies (more than half a million each year) are born prematurely according to a 2008 National Vital Statistics Report. “Identifying better ways to prevent preterm deliveries means that thousands of mothers will deliver babies closer to full term, which may in turn lead health plans to reduce costs. Alere’s 17P Administration Nursing program is convenient for both patients and physicians. It not only provides one-on-one education and support, but also promotes compliance with physicians’ prescribed treatment plans,” added Gonzalez-Quintero.

The release is available at this link: Alere SMFM Press Release