Finger Lakes Region Perinatal Data System (FLR PDS)

The Regional Perinatal Data System (PDS) is a database that contains all the Birth Certificate and supplemental question data collected at the 10 birthing hospitals in the nine-county Finger Lakes region. This data has been collected, processed, and analyzed regionally since 1998. Data are analyzed in terms of regional, county, and individual hospital trends. Selected practice and outcome variables are reviewed. Information resulting from the analyses performed is relayed back to the counties and hospitals. Representative variables include such factors as teen pregnancy, high school graduation status, early prenatal care, tobacco use, insurance status and breastfeeding status. Obstetrical practice variables include rates of genetic antepartum testing, labor induction, fetal monitoring, instrumental and cesarean delivery, epidural utilization, and episiotomy. Neonatal outcomes include low birth weight, preterm delivery, congenital anomalies, and small for gestational age. These variables provide comparative information on populations, obstetrical practices, and outcomes.

Variables included in the PDS between 1998 to present are available for your review in the PDS Data Dictionary.

January 1st 2004 New York State went to an Internet-based system for the entry of Birth Certificate information. Some changes were made in the variables being collected at that time in order to reflect changes that were made previously to the national birth certificate. Data collection guidelines for the variables currently being collected may be found in New York State Guidelines 2010.

Persons interested in analyzing de-identified regional data may file a data request by going to the Data Sharing Guidelines site and completing the necessary paper work. Data may be requested for the purposes of conducting regional comparison analyses, quality assurance analyses, research. Those wishing to use the data for research will need to receive IRB approval prior to receiving any data.

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