Can accurate data on birthweight be obtained from health interview surveys?

Show simple item record Robles Soto, Arodys Goldman, Noreen 2016-07-11T16:17:25Z 2016-07-11T16:17:25Z 1999
dc.identifier.issn 1464-3685
dc.description.abstract Low birthweight continues to be a public health priority in many countries, because of its strong association with a child's subsequent risk of morbidity and mortality as well as the child's mental and physical development.1,2 This is especially true in developing countries, where th e prevalence of low birthweight is typically higher th an in industrialized countries and where social and environmental conditions associated with low b irth weight could potentially be improved through public health measures. Widespread use of th e incidence of low birthweight as a measure of the health of neonates, pregnant women, and women of reproductive age and as an indicator of the level of social and economic development of a population have increased the need for accurate information on birthweight.1,3 Unfortunately, however, suitable data on birthweight are lacking in most poor countries. The major obstacle to obtainingbirthweig h t in fo rmatio n for a (nationally) representative sample in these populations is th a t a substantial fraction of newborns are n o t delivered in a hospital or clinic and would no t be included in whatever record systems exist. Restriction of analyses to those infants b om within th e formal health care system is likely to result in bias since, on average, women who deliver in hospitals and clinics are of higher socioeconomic status4-6 and are thus less likely to have low birthweight infants. A partial solution to this problem has been the use of re tro spective questions in health interview surveys of a populationbased sample of mothers. For example, in surveys carried ou t in Asia, Latin America and Africa since 1990, the Demographic and Health Survey project has regularly included questions on birthweight for children born in the 5-year period prior to interview.3 Although this approach potentially includes children born outside the formal health care system, a serious drawback is th a t most of these children are probably no t weighed at the time of birth. Moreover, even those mothers who were told their infant's weight at the time of birth may no longer recall the correct figure. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher International Epidemiological Association en
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 3.0 Costa Rica *
dc.rights.uri *
dc.subject Nacimiento es
dc.subject Peso al nacer es
dc.subject Salud es
dc.title Can accurate data on birthweight be obtained from health interview surveys? en
dc.title.alternative International Journal of Epidemiology, 28(1) en
dc.type Article en

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