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Can the Griffiths scales predict neuromotor and perceptual-motor impairment in term infants with neonatal encephalopathy?
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    Re: Is it fallacious to predict future outcomes using developmental tests alone?
    • Frances M Cowan, Neonatal neurologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Anna L. Barnett, Eugenio Mercuri, Leena Haataja and Sheila E. Henderson

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Drs Gada and Kanumakala for their letter [1]. We agree that prediction of future outcome using developmental tests alone is difficult. However, despite these difficulties we have shown good sensitivity and positive predictive value of an abnormal score on the Griffiths scales for an abnormal outcome at 5-6 years [2]. Whilst we recognise the influence of genetic, socio-economic factors and env...

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    Is it fallacious to predict future outcomes using developmental tests alone?
    • Srinivas S Gada, Specialist Registrar Paediatrics
    • Other Contributors:
      • Dr.Shankar Kanumakala, Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Alexandra Hospital for sick children, Brighton BN1 3JN

    Dear editor,

    We read the article by Barnett et al with interest[1]. We believe prediction of future outcome using developmental tests alone is difficult, and can be erroneous[2]. for the following reasons. Firstly, development is a result of complex and dynamic on-going interaction between genetic potential, pre/peri/post natal variables, socio-economic and environmental factors[2,3]. Secondly, developmental tes...

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