The Article Critiqued Was Entitled Racial/Ethnic Differences

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The article critiqued was entitled Racial/Ethnic Differences in Correlates of Spontaneous and Medically-Indicated Late Preterm Births among Adolescents by M. Tabet MS, S. Jakhar MD, C.A. Williams MPH, U. Rawat MPH, Y.D. Hailegiorgis MPH, L.H. Flick DrPH, and J.J. Chang PhD, 2017. The article provided an abstract that was accurate, concise, and readable. The problem that is identified in this article is spontaneous and medically-indicated late preterm birth (LPTB), defined as deliveries between 34 0/7 and 36 6/7 weeks gestation, among U.S. adolescents (M. Tabet et al., 2017). The purpose of the study is to investigate the racial/ethnic differences that correlation to spontaneous and medically-induced LPTB among adolescents (M. Tabet et al., …show more content…

Tabet et al., 2017). The sample was selected by using the 2003 revision of the U.S. standard certificate of live births to obtain all publically available U.S. birth certificates from 2012 (M. Tabet et al., 2017). Only the birth certificates that met their specific criteria were used in this study. No specific method of obtaining the sample was expressed, however since birth certificates are public knowledge, and therefore conveniently available to the authors, convenient sampling was the method that was used (Lobiondo-Wood & Haber, 2017). The article did not mention how the rights of the subjects have been protected, however there was no personal information or anything in the article to allow identification of the subjects to be possible. Furthermore, the birth certificates used for the study are available to the public, therefore anyone has access to them.

Researchers Interpretation of Findings

The study found that racial/ethnic differences do relate to spontaneous and medically-indicated LPTB in U.S. adolescents, and it supports that specific interventions are needed for different racial/ethnic groups to help prevent LPTB (M. Tabet et al., 2017). The study’s variables included different races (white, black, American Indian, Asian, and Hispanic); and their sociodemographic characteristics (age, marital status, WIC, and health insurance), pregnancy related variables (amount of prenatal care, prenatal smoking, infant sex, and

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