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Acta Paediatr. 2015 Oct;104(10):987-96. doi: 10.1111/apa.13112. Epub 2015 Sep 2.

Systematic review of the methodological quality of studies designed to create neonatal anthropometric charts.

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1
Neonatal Unit, Dipartimento di Scienze della Sanità Pubblica e Pediatriche, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy.
2
Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
3
Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
4
Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
5
Department of Nutrition and Health, College of Food and Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE.
6
Perinatology Research Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD, USA.
7
National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services, Detroit, MI, USA.

Abstract

Babies all over the world are assessed at birth using neonatal anthropometric charts as a matter of clinical routine. This systematic review evaluated the methodological quality of studies designed to create neonatal anthropometric charts and to highlight features in the charts that could affect clinical decision-making and comparisons between populations. The variety and quality of available charts could affect how newborns at risk are identified, together with the indications for treatment, especially nutritional interventions.

CONCLUSION:

The studies that generated the charts currently recommended for clinical use have major methodological limitations and international and regional comparisons are very difficult.

KEYWORDS:

Neonatal anthropometric charts; Newborn head circumference; Newborn length; Newborn weight; Systematic review

PMID:
26154879
DOI:
10.1111/apa.13112
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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