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

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Abstract

Aim:

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

Methods:

Systematic literature review to June 30, 2010.

Results:

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.

Conclusions:

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

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