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  1. A scale without anthropometric measurements can be used to identify low weight-for-age in children less than five years old.

    Article - En anglais

    Malnutrition and morbidity have a synergistic association that often leads to death.

    However, malnutrition in children who die is largely underreported, because anthropometry of the deceased child is rarely known.

    This study had two purposes :

    I) to develop a scale that would help determine if a child had low weight-for-age (w/a), in the absence of anthropometric measures ; and ii) to select an appropriate cut-off that would give the best sensitivity (Se) and specificity (Sp) of the proposed scale when contrasted with actual w/a measurement.

    The study was designed as a diagnostic test, and carried out in a rural area in central Mexico.

    We included 132 children under 5 y old with w/a under - 2 Z score and 284 children with marginal or no w/a deficit as a control group.

    The proposed scale included potential predictive variables from clinical, socioeconomic and family factors.

    The best logistic regression model to predict low w/a included : birth weight less than 2,800 g, introduction of weaning foods after the sixth month of life, introduction of animal protein after the sixth month of life, low socioeconomic status, low w/a in siblings and more than three morbidity episodes in the previous 6 mon.

    Selecting a cut-off of 4 for this model to identify children with low w/a showed a Se and Sp of 85 and 95%, respectively.

    We tested the external validity of the scale in a different locale, and included 877 children under 5 y old from 10 rural communities. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Anthropométrie, Développement staturopondéral, Age, Poids corporel, Statut socioéconomique, Relation familiale, Malnutrition, Biométrie corporelle, Enfant, Homme, Mortalité, Morbidité, Mexique, Amérique Centrale, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Anthropometry, Somatic growth, Age, Body weight, Socioeconomic status, Familial relation, Malnutrition, Corporal biometry, Child, Human, Mortality, Morbidity, Mexico, Central America, America

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0124485

    Code Inist : 002B29A. Création : 16/11/1999.