Research Article

Usefulness of nutritional indices and classifications in predicting death of malnourished children.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 293 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.293.6543.373 (Published 09 August 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;293:373
  1. A Briend,
  2. C Dykewicz,
  3. K Graven,
  4. R N Mazumder,
  5. B Wojtyniak,
  6. M Bennish

    Abstract

    The usefulness of nutritional indices and classifications in predicting the death of children under 5 years old was evaluated by comparing measurements of 34 children with diarrhoea who died in a Dhaka hospital with those of 318 patients who were discharged in a satisfactory condition. In a logistic regression analysis mid-upper arm circumference was found to be as effective as other nutritional indices in predicting death. Combinations of different indices did not improve the prediction. Arm circumference might be preferable to more complex criteria for predicting the death of malnourished children.