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Estimation of body weight in children in the absence of scales: a necessary measurement to insure accurate drug dosing

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  • Contributors SMA-R performed all analyses required in comparison with different methods for prediction of body weight and contributed these sections of the manuscript. She also contributed sections of the manuscript, created the illustrations and performed final copy editing of the manuscript prior to submission. AR contributed to the literature review and the creation of the summaries concerning the various weight estimation methods reviewed in the manuscript. She participated in the drafting of the manuscript and reviewed (and approved) the final draft prior to submission. GLK conducted the review of the literature regarding the use of weight as a physiological surrogate. He contributed to the drafting of the background and conclusions sections of the paper and took responsibility for preparing the final draft of the manuscript for submission.

  • Funding Supported in part by resources received from the WHO (contracts 200326848, 200376118, and 200474476), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Pediatric Trial Network contracts: HHSN2752010000031 (HHSN27500008) and HHSN275200900012C), the USA Food and Drug Administration (grant 1 U01 FD004249-01) and the Children's Mercy Hospital. The Mercy Tape represents intellectual property solely owned by the Children's Mercy Hospital (US patent number 8 590 168).

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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