Exploring the association between short/long preceding birth intervals and child mortality: Using reference birth interval children of the same mother as comparison

Naoko Kozuki, Neff Walker

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Background: This study used data from recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) to examine the impact of short or long preceding birth intervals on neonatal and under-five mortality. In order to minimize the effect of selection issues, we examined child mortality outcomes of the same mother, comparing short or long interval births against births with what had previously been considered optimal intervals. Methods. We analyzed 47 DHS datasets from low- and middle-income countries. For each dataset, we compared neonatal and under-five mortality of short preceding interval births (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberS6
JournalBMC Public Health
Issue numberSUPPL.3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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