Age independent indices in assessment of malnutrition

C. M. Agrawal, S. D. Gupta, T. P. Jain, S. Joshi

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The present study was carried out at the Rural Health Training Centre, Naila, to assess the state of nutrition by using weight for age method, arm head ratio and Shakir's strip in children below the age of 5 years. The results obtained were compared to each other. 86.9% of children were found malnourished (using weight as criterion). The arm/head ration (0.290 cut-off point) was 76.0 % sensitive and 77.3% specific in diagnosing P.E.M. among children. Results obtained by Shakir's strip were fairly comparable to those obtained by weight for age method and arm/head ratio. It was 85.6% sensitive and 68.2% specific.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-687
Number of pages5
JournalIndian pediatrics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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