Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2008;51(3):237-242.
Published online March 15, 2008.
Trends in survival rate for very low birth weight infants and extremely low birth weight infants in Korea, 1967-2007
Ki-Soo Kim1, Chung-Woo Bae2
1Department of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea
극소 및 초극소 저출생 체중아의 생존율 변화(1967-2007년)
김기수1, 배종우2
1울산대학교 의과대학 서울아산병원 소아과학교실
2경희대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
Correspondence: 
Ki-Soo Kim, Email: kskim@amc.seoul.kr
Abstract
To investigate the trends in the survival rate (SR) for very low birth weight infants (VLBW) and extremely low birth weight infants (ELBWI) in Korea, a total of 43 articles pertaining to SR were analyzed, covering the years from 1967 to 2007. The changes in SR were compared using 5 year periods. The SR for VLBWI has increased remarkably, from 31.8% in early 1960 to 65.8% in early 1990 and 78.8% in early 2000. The SR for ELBWI has increased from 8.2% in early 1960 to 37.4% in early 1990 and 62.4% in early 2000. The SR has improved steeply since early 1990. When the SRs for VLBWI in Korea were compared with those in the U.S.A. and Japan, the figures were 40%, 72%, and 79% in 1985; 65.8%, 82%, and 86% in 1990; 71.3%, 86%, and 88% in 1995; 78.8%, 86%, and 89% in 2000, respectively. Although the recent SRs for VLBWI and ELBWI in Korea has improved rapidly, they have not yet reached the levels in these highly developed countries. To obtain accurate statistics that could be represented as an SR for premature infants in Korea, we have to develop a nationwide network database project.
Key Words: Survival rate, Very low birth weight infant, Extremely low birth weight infant, Network


METRICS Graph View
  • 2,874 View
  • 39 Download


Close layer
prev next