Prognostic accuracy of WHO growth standards to predict mortality in a large-scale nutritional program in niger

Nathanael Lapidus, Francisco J. Luquero, Valérie Gaboulaud, Susan Shepherd, Rebecca F. Grais

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Abstract

Background Important differences exist in the diagnosis of malnutrition when comparing the 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) Child Growth Standards and the 1977 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reference. However, their relationship with mortality has not been studied. Here, we assessed the accuracy of the WHO standards and the NCHS reference in predicting death in a population of malnourished children in a large nutritional program in Niger. Methods and Findings We analyzed data from 64, 484 children aged 6-59 mo admitted with malnutrition (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-285
Number of pages8
JournalPLoS Medicine
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

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