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Developing and validating multivariable prediction models for predicting the risk of 7-day neonatal readmission following vaginal and cesarean birth using administrative databases.

  • Lee, Sangmin1
  • O'Sullivan, Dylan E2
  • Brenner, Darren R1, 3
  • Metcalfe, Amy1, 4, 5
  • 1 Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Department of Oncology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 5 Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. , (Canada)
Published Article
The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Dec 20, 2020
DOI: 10.1080/14767058.2020.1860933
PMID: 33345657


Approximately 3.5% of deliveries in Canada result in potentially preventable neonatal readmission, often times due to preventable morbidities. With complexities in hospital discharge planning, health care providers may benefit in identifying infants at risk of readmission for additional monitoring. To develop and validate models for predicting 7-day neonatal readmission following vaginal or cesarean births. All liveborn term singleton infants without congenital anomalies in the province of Alberta who were not admitted to the NICU were identified using perinatal and hospitalization databases. A temporal split-sample was used for model development (2012-2014, vaginal n = 63,378; cesarean n = 21,225) and external validation (2014-2015, vaginal n = 21,583, cesarean n = 7,477). Multivariable logistic regression models using backward stepwise selection were used to identify predictors of 7-day readmission. We evaluated predictors of maternal age, Apgar score, length-of-stay, birthweight, gestational age, parity, residence, and sex. Hosmer-Lemeshow test and c-statistics were used to estimate calibration and discrimination. The rate of readmission was 3.3% (95% CI 3.1%, 3.4%) and 2.1% (95% CI 1.9%, 2.3%) following vaginal and cesarean births in the development dataset. Prediction model following vaginal birth, excluding predictors of length-of-stay and birthweight, had sub-optimal performance in development (c-statistics 0.69) and validation data (c-statistics 0.68). Prediction model following cesarean birth, excluding predictors of maternal age, birthweight, and residence, had sub-optimal performance in development (c-statistics 0.62) and validation data (c-statistics 0.64). Readmission was observed in 7.9% (95% CI 7.1%, 8.8%) and 4.9% (95% CI 3.9%, 6.1%) of infants of vaginal and cesarean births, respectively, in the top quintile for the risk of 7-day readmission. Using routinely collected administrative data, we developed and validated prediction models for neonatal readmission following vaginal and cesarean births. Presently the model is sub-optimal for use in risk assessment and planning at discharge, however, additional information may improve the predictive performance.

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