TitlePhysician recommendations regarding SIDS risk reduction: a national survey of pediatricians and family physicians.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMoon, RY, Bovbjerg, ML, Oden, R, Iglesias, J, Hauck, FR
JournalClin Pediatr (Phila)
Date Published2007 Nov
KeywordsAttitude of Health Personnel, Beds, Family Practice, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Male, Pediatrics, Sudden Infant Death, Supine Position, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States

BACKGROUND: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a leading cause of death among infants. Recently, new SIDS risk factors have emerged.

OBJECTIVE: To determine knowledge and recommendations of pediatricians and family physicians regarding SIDS-relevant practices.

METHODS: Cross-sectional survey of 3005 pediatricians and family physicians.

RESULTS: Of the 783 respondents, pediatricians comprised 64% and females 52%; 78% recognized supine as the recommended sleep position; 69% recommended supine. Almost all physicians recommended a firm mattress, 82% recommended a crib or bassinet, and 42% recommended a separate room for infants; 63% had no preference about or did not recommend restricting pacifier use. Pediatricians were more likely to discuss infant sleep position and room sharing at every well-child visit.

CONCLUSIONS: Knowledge about recommended infant sleep position is relatively high, but there are gaps in physician knowledge regarding safe sleep recommendations. Greater dissemination of information is required, and barriers to implementation need to be identified and addressed.

Alternate JournalClin Pediatr (Phila)
PubMed ID17641121
Grant ListD12 HP00148-03 / / PHS HHS / United States
MD000165-03 / MD / NIMHD NIH HHS / United States