Infant Safe Sleep Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors by Physicians at an Academic Children’s Hospital

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  • Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is the leading cause of death for infants. Physician advice on safe sleep is an important source of information for families. We sought to evaluate the safe sleep knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of physicians by distributing a cross-sectional survey at a freestanding children’s hospital. The survey included demographics, knowledge items, attitudinal assessment, and frequency of providing safe sleep guidance. Multivariable linear regression and logistic regression were used to evaluate associations between variables. 398 physicians were surveyed with 124 responses (31%). Females, those who received safe sleep training, and those who see infants in daily practice had higher knowledge scores. Physicians with higher knowledge scores had more positive attitudes toward safe sleep and provided safe sleep education to patients more often. Our study underlies the importance of education and repeated exposure in forming positive attitudes toward safe sleep recommendations and leads to increased provision of safe sleep guidance.
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  • Schmit EO; Molina AL; Stoops C; Rahman AF; Dye C; Tofil NM