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Admission profile and discharge outcomes for infants aged less than 6 months admitted to inpatient therapeutic care in 10 countries: a secondary data analysis

Grijalva Eternod, CS; Kerac, M; McGrath, M; Wilkinson, C; Hirsch, JC; Delchevalerie, P; Seal, AJ; (2016) Admission profile and discharge outcomes for infants aged less than 6 months admitted to inpatient therapeutic care in 10 countries: a secondary data analysis. Maternal & Child Nutrition , 13 (3) , Article e12345. 10.1111/mcn.12345. Green open access

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Abstract

Evidence on the management of acute malnutrition in infants aged less than 6 months (infants <6mo) is scarce. To understand outcomes using current protocols, we analysed a sample of 24,045 children aged 0-60 months from 21 datasets of inpatient therapeutic care programmes in 10 countries. We compared the proportion of admissions, the anthropometric profile at admission, and the discharge outcomes between infants <6mo and children aged 6-60 months (older children). Infants <6mo accounted for 12% of admissions. The quality of anthropometric data at admission was more problematic in infants <6mo than in older children with a greater proportion of missing data (a 6.9 percentage points difference for length values, 95%CI: 6.0; 7.9, p<0.01), anthropometric measures that could not be converted to indices (a 15.6 percentage points difference for weight-for-length z-score values, 95%CI: 14.3; 16.9, p<0.01), and anthropometric indices that were flagged as outliers (a 2.7 percentage points difference for any anthropometric index being flagged as an outlier, 95%CI: 1.7; 3.8, p<0.01). A high proportion of both infants <6mo and older children were discharged as recovered. Infants <6mo showed a greater risk of death during treatment (risk ratio 1.30, 95%CI: 1.09; 1.56, p<0.01). Infants <6mo represent an important proportion of admissions to therapeutic feeding programmes and there are crucial challenges associated with their care. Systematic compilation and analysis of routine data for infants <6mo is necessary for monitoring programme performance and should be promoted as a tool to monitor the impact of new guidelines on care.

Type: Article
Title: Admission profile and discharge outcomes for infants aged less than 6 months admitted to inpatient therapeutic care in 10 countries: a secondary data analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12345
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12345
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Malnutrition, infant and child nutrition, management of acute malnutrition, mortality, anthropometry, wasting
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1492994
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