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

Francesca Giuliani, Eric Ohuma, Elena Spada, Enrico Bertino, Ayesha S. Al Dhaheri, Douglas G. Altman, Agustin Conde-Agudelo, Stephen H. Kennedy, Jose Villar, Leila Cheikh Ismail

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-996
Number of pages10
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume104
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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