Minerva: July 2003
- By: Stephen G Riley, Prem Thurairajah, Bryonie F Read, Kieron L Donovan
Soaring caesarean section rates in the United States provide food for thought. The rate in 2001 reached an all time high of 24.4%, while that of women having a vaginal delivery after a previous section dropped to an all time low of 16.5%. An editorial in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (2003;32:283-4) asks whether this situation has arisen because the demand for perfection forces unnecessary intervention, and calls for a return to common sense guided by evidence rather than fear of litigation.
Professional dancers have high rates of injuries that potentially put them out of work. A retrospective cohort study of one troupe of 42 dancers found that the introduction of ‘comprehensive management’ (case management and intervention) reduced the number of new workers compensation cases from 81% to 17%, and the number of days lost from work went down by 60% (American Journal of Sports Medicine 2003;31:365-73).