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Clinical examination compared with anthropometry in evaluating nutritional status.
  1. J H Cross,
  2. C Holden,
  3. A MacDonald,
  4. G Pearmain,
  5. M C Stevens,
  6. I W Booth
  1. Children's Hospital, Birmingham.

    Abstract

    Clinical assessments of nutritional status in a group of 44 inpatients, made by a panel of experienced childcare specialists, were compared with anthropometric assessments. Assessors were uniformly poor at detecting severe malnutrition and at assessing the nutritional status of infants. Nutritional status cannot be accurately assessed clinically and anthropometry is crucial.

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