Am J Perinatol 2016; 33(10): 972-976
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1582396
Original Article
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Provider Awareness, Understanding and Use of NICHD Neonatal Research Network Outcomes Estimator

Sarah Peterson
1  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado
Bernard Gonik
2  Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
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Publication History

04 August 2015

26 February 2016

Publication Date:
27 April 2016 (online)


Introduction Our aim was to survey clinicians to assess awareness and utilization of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network outcomes estimator, which allows clinicians to use multiple factors to better estimate the likelihood that intensive care will benefit the delivered neonate.

Study Design The survey tool included a list of questions regarding the estimator. We collected responses from various medical personnel assessing awareness, frequency of use, knowledge of estimator, and information regarding the database.

Results There were a total of 141 participants. Forty-two percent reported awareness of the estimator and of those, 75% had visited the Web site. Eighty-two percent of those visiting the site had actually used the estimator. Maternal–fetal medicine (MFM) physicians versus generalists were more likely to have heard of the estimator (75 vs. 32%). Obstetrics and gynecology residents had similar familiarity with the estimator as attending generalists. Of those having used the tool, 25% knew the correct variables, with only 19% knowing the outcomes. Interestingly, a majority of users misunderstood database components.

Conclusion A majority of clinicians, and a fourth of MFM physicians, who care for patients with threatened preterm birth are either unaware or have limited understanding of the estimator, offering a potential area of improvement in the counseling of such at-risk patients.