Acute gastrointestinal illness and child care arrangements

Cheryl S. Alexander, Ellen M. Zinzeleta, Ellen J Mackenzie, Andrew Vernon, Ricka K. Markowitz

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Abstract

This study uses data from the 1981 National Health Interview and the 1981 Child Health Supplement to assess the extent to which family day care homes and child care centers pose a risk of acute gastrointestinal illness among preschool children. The study uses a nationally representative sample of children 0-5 years of age (n=4,845). Acute gastrointestinal illness was identified from parental reports of acute illness in a 2-week period. Information on type and duration of child care, as well as a variety of sociodemographic and environmental factors (e.g., crowding, seasonality), were obtained. The authors hypothesize that risk of acute gastrointestinal illness would vary by group size. Center attendees were thought to have the greatest exposure to infectious agents, followed by children in day care homes, and lastly by those receiving care in their own homes. Risk models were estimated separately for children

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-131
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Volume131
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1990

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Keywords

  • Acute disease
  • Child care
  • Gastrointestinal diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Epidemiology

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Alexander, C. S., Zinzeleta, E. M., Mackenzie, E. J., Vernon, A., & Markowitz, R. K. (1990). Acute gastrointestinal illness and child care arrangements. American Journal of Epidemiology, 131(1), 124-131.

Acute gastrointestinal illness and child care arrangements. / Alexander, Cheryl S.; Zinzeleta, Ellen M.; Mackenzie, Ellen J; Vernon, Andrew; Markowitz, Ricka K.

In: American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 131, No. 1, 01.1990, p. 124-131.

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Alexander, CS, Zinzeleta, EM, Mackenzie, EJ, Vernon, A & Markowitz, RK 1990, 'Acute gastrointestinal illness and child care arrangements', American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 131, no. 1, pp. 124-131.
Alexander CS, Zinzeleta EM, Mackenzie EJ, Vernon A, Markowitz RK. Acute gastrointestinal illness and child care arrangements. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1990 Jan;131(1):124-131.
Alexander, Cheryl S. ; Zinzeleta, Ellen M. ; Mackenzie, Ellen J ; Vernon, Andrew ; Markowitz, Ricka K. / Acute gastrointestinal illness and child care arrangements. In: American Journal of Epidemiology. 1990 ; Vol. 131, No. 1. pp. 124-131.
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