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Can recall of birth size be used as a measure of birthweight in Cameroon?
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PMID:  20618728     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Birthweight is a key predictor of future life outcomes. When this information is not available we must rely on maternal recall of weight or size. We evaluated the use of maternal recall of size as an indicator for birthweight, using data from the 2004 Demographic and Health Survey in Cameroon. The overall agreement between recorded and recalled weight and subjective assessment of birth size was 90% (Kappa = 0.46). Concordant descriptions were associated with higher birthweights (P < 0.001), higher education (P = 0.008) and delivery in a health unit (P = 0.025). Specificity for low birthweight (92.9%) was much higher than sensitivity (59.9%) and the negative predictive value (96.1%) was much higher than the positive predictive value (44.4%). These results indicate that recall of size, in Cameroonian women and in other low resource settings, should be used only in the absence of other sources of data.
Lawrence Mbuagbaw; Rosa Gofin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1365-3016     ISO Abbreviation:  Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-12     Completed Date:  2010-12-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709766     Medline TA:  Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  383-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bafut District Hospital, Bafut, North West Province, Cameroon.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
Body Size*
Medical Records
Mental Recall*
Middle Aged
Mothers / psychology*
Predictive Value of Tests
Young Adult

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