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Original Article
Socio-economic Risk Factors of Spontaneous Preterm Birth Among Saudi Women: A Case-Control Study
Hayfaa A Wahabi
Research Chair of Evidence-based Healthcare and Knowledge Translation, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

IJWHR 2019; 7: 276-280
DOI: 10.15296/ijwhr.2019.46
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Keywords : Socio-economic risk factors, Spontaneous preterm birth, Case-control study, Saudi Arabia
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to identify the effect of socio-economic factors such as family income, employment, housing education, and tobacco smoke exposure on spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB) in Saudi women.

Materials and Methods: A matched case-control study was conducted on 150 women with SPTB delivery and 150 women with spontaneous full-term delivery, in three hospitals in Riyadh. Cases and controls were matched in terms of age and parity. Then, information on maternal socio-economic risk factors was obtained through face-to-face interviews. The odds ratio (OR) for risk factors and a 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated as well. Finally, a multiple logistic regression model was used to control potential confounding factors.

Results: Based on the results, factors including first-degree consanguinity (adjusted OR [AOR] =3.72, 95% CI=1.52-9.12), exposure to tobacco smoke (AOR=2.62, 95% CI=1.03-6.66), and low family income (AOR=4.63, 95% CI=1.62-13.27) were all associated with an increased risk of SPTB.

Conclusions: Overall, SPTB in Saudi Arabia was found to be correlated with first-degree consanguinity, low family income, and exposure to tobacco smoke. Therefore, public health interventions conducted to address these associated factors may contribute to the reduction in the prevalence of PTB.

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