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National Collaborative Perinatal Project, 1959-1974

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Collaborative Perinatal Project Files, compiled 1959-1974
National Archives Identifier: 606622
Record Group 443: Records of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Collaborative Perinatal Project (NCPP), 1959-1974, consists of the Master File, a Variables File, and 30 special topic Work Files. The study was conducted by NIH's National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke. A full description of the series and a list of available NCPP data files is available via NARA's Online Public Access (OPA) resource, which can be searched by title, National Archives Identifier, or keyword.

The NCPP data constitute an important resource for biomedical and behavioral research in many areas of obstetrics, perinatology, pediatrics, and developmental psychology. The data also provide a prospective base for examining neurological and neurosensory defects and the relationship of pregnancy and perinatal factors on the health of individual children. The major categories of data collected include obstetrical, pediatric, pathological, serological, socioeconomic and family, genetic history, psychological, speech, language, and hearing. The mother was examined during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. The children were given neonatal examinations and follow-up examinations at four, eight, and twelve months, and three, four, seven, and eight years. Supplemental information was gathered throughout the study, including family linkages between related women participating in the NCPP. There are 6,700 data items on the approximately 58,000 study pregnancies.

Further information about the history of the study and some of the preliminary results may be found in The Collaborative Perinatal Study of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: The Women and Their Pregnancies (U.S Department of Health Education and Welfare, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, 1972, DHEW Publication No. (NIH) 73-379).

The unrestricted NCPP data files, including public use versions, and all of the documentation are available online for downloading from the Online Public Access (OPA) resource at no charge. For information on how to access the files for download, see Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) about Accessing Electronic Records Online via the Online Public Access (OPA) resource.

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