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New Indian Journal of Surgery

Volume  3, Issue 3, July - September 2012, Pages 263-263

 

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Prediction Model for Low Birth Weight and its Validation
Avantika Singh, Sugandha Arya, Harish Chellani, K.C. Aggarwal, R.M. Pandey
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
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Abstract

 Despite the enormous role of Low Birthweight in neonatal mortality and morbidity as well as adolescent and adult morbidity, no clinical attempt is made to predict the possibility of a LBW neonate. A study conducted in Cleveland, Ohio proposed a Four-factor scale (low family functioning, stressful events, Quetelet’s Index, cigarette smoking) which predicted LBW with 65% sensitivity, 84% specificity and 42% positive predictive value. The need for such a scale in the Indian context was strongly felt and the present study undertaken.


Corresponding Author : Avantika Singh