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Rev Saude Publica. 1989 Jun;23(3):230-5.

[Assessment of the impact of nutritional rehabilitation programs on preschool children: test of a methodology].

[Article in Portuguese]


Two different approaches to the evaluation of the impact of food supplementation given to malnourished children are assessed on the basis of the experience of a program undertaken in the county of Diadema, in the metropolitan area of S. Paulo, Brazil. The first approach--a traditional one--is based on the proportion of children that at the end of one year's participation in the program present no weight deficit (weight for age more than 90% of the expected value). The second approach--proposed in the article--takes into account only the rate of growth and accepts weight increments superior to those expected among well-nourished children as favorable. The advantages of this second approach are fully demonstrated.

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