Cardiovascular Responsivity, Physical and Psychosocial Job Stress, and the Risk of Preterm Delivery
Annual rept. 1 Oct 1998-30 Sep 1999
MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE NEW YORK
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Preterm delivery that is, delivery prior to 37 completed weeks of gestation has proved to be a remarkably intractable problem in the U.S. and one that appears to be quite prevalent among defense women. While defense woman as a group are young, healthy, fit and have excellent access to prenatal care, their preterm delivery rates are higher than average. However, their work may involve more physical activity than is usual and women may work right up to the time of delivery. The study in progress, a militarycivilian collaboration, will assess the effect of various sources of job stress as risk factors for preterm delivery among 1000 military women seeking prenatal care at Wilford Hall Medical Center. The role of cardiovascular reactivity in the stress response and how this affects risk of preterm delivery will also be examined. The study, now in its final year, will continue recruitment of subjects and will begin to conduct preliminary data analyses.
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