Table 2

Incidence (per 10 000 live births) of severe neonatal jaundice among all neonates aged 24 months or less by gestation and study design

CharacteristicsNLive birthsIncidence95% CI
Gestation*
 All92 642 23437.86.9 to 205.4
 Term and near term105 522 6994.01.9 to 8.8
 Term only21 399 8402.20.7 to 7.2
Design†
 Prospective135 426 3879.71.7 to 53.8
 Retrospective84 138 38610.31.3 to 80.4
  • *Test for subgroup differences (Cochran’s Q=7.42, p=0.025).

  • †Test for subgroup differences (Cochran’s Q=0.002, p=0.963).

  • N, no of studies.