Can home monitoring reduce mortality in infants at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome? A systematic review

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To conduct a systematic review to evaluate the effectiveness of home monitoring devices in the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


Systematic literature review to June 30, 2010.


Eleven unique studies were identified. Only one of these studies involved a comparison of home monitoring with a control intervention and so could be deemed level I evidence. The remaining studies constituted level III evidence.


There is no high-level evidence that home monitoring may be of use in preventing SIDS; further research is needed.

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