Korean J Perinatol.  2011 Sep;22(3):161-168.

Definitions of Terminology in Perinatal Epidemiology and Recommendations for Grouping in Statistics : by definition of ICD 10th revision (WHO) and NVSR (CDC, USA)

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Kyung Hee University Graduate School and Department of Neonatology, Asan Medical Center, Ulsan University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. baecw@khnmc.or.kr


Perinatal period, which is a series of consecutive periods of pregnancy, delivery, birth and neonatal life, gives many important information about national public health statistics and data. It is fundamental and important in the epidemiological statistics to understand clearly the definitions of terminology in perinatal epidemiology, and to group diseases and its characteristics, prognosis and mortality according to the definitions. Therefore, the present review article should be helpful in understanding the terms of perinatal epidemiology based on the international criteria and also to understand the uniformity of the international criteria in the grouping the periods when making the statistic products. By reviewing and presenting the perinatalogic definitions based on criteria of 10th revision of International Statistical Classification of Disease (ICD) and Related Health Problems (WHO), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Statistics Korea, and Statistics of Japan Ministry of Health Labour, and Welfare. And also by understanding the grouping in statistics, we intended to propose the uniformity of the statistics in the perinatal epidemiologic papers in Korea.


Vital statistics; Epidemiology; Terminology; Perinatology

MeSH Terms

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
Public Health
Vital Statistics
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