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Identifying malnourished children may not be easy

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:765
  1. Frank van Leth, clinical epidemiologist (
  1. International Antiviral Therapy Evaluation Center, Meibergdreef 9, NL-1105 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

    EDITOR—Bahn et al propose to use the World Health Organization's criteria for diagnosing malnutrition,1 which include calculating Z scores for weight for height, and height for age.

    Rural hospitals in resource poor areas are often severely understaffed but at the same time have high admission rates of especially small children. The amount of strain that measuring the heights …

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