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Volume 43, Issue 3
Publication date: September 1, 2017
Expiration date: September 1, 2020

A Population Approach to Prevention of Premature Birth
Jay D. Iams, MD (Moderator)
Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus; Obstetrical Lead, Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative, Cincinnati, Ohio

Zsakeba Henderson, MD
Project Officer, State-based Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Program; Medical Officer, Maternal and Infant Health Branch, Division of Reproductive Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH
UpJohn Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Vice Chair for Obstetrics; Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill; Medical Director, CCNC Pregnancy Medical Home Program, Raleigh, North Carolina

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, the physician should be better able to:
1. Participate in practice- and hospital-based quality improvement projects intended to identify and treat women at risk of recurrent premature birth.
2. Explain the importance of prematurity prevention to colleagues, staff, and especially to pregnant women by linking prematurity to infant mortality.
3. Seek a leadership role in ACOG or local medical organizationsí efforts to use quality improvement techniques to reduce premature birth.
4. Anticipate and address sociocultural barriers to patientsí willingness to accept progesterone to reduce their risk of preterm birth.
5. Distinguish population-based prematurity prevention from patient-based care of individual pregnant women.

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