Nutritionist Epidemiologist / FAO
22 Sep 2010, 17:28
I sent to you a copy of this study, but here is main results:
- The malnutrition variable was wasting (low weight for age) and acute (low weight for height).
- The malnutrition cases was incident cases: when a confirmed case was detected, It was selected two alive controls from the same area of the died child.
In a logistic regression model, the variables and risks were
- Illiterate mother or caregiver (OR 14,5)
- Gestation less than 37 weeks (OR 8,2)
- Breastfeeding difficulties (OR 6,5)
- Seek medical advice (OR 0.015)
- Malnutrition diagnosis 6 months before die (OR 178,8)
- No BCG Vaccine (OR 25,0)
Model´s specificity is 96,1% and sensibility is 77,4%, which means that with this model we can identify 77, 4% of the cases.
A child that seek for medical attention (just receive medical stabilization from acute situation, but doesn´t receive malnutrition treatment), with a illiterate caregiver (OR 14.5), with pregnancy duration less than 37 weeks (OR 8.2), who submitted difficulty breastfeeding (RD 6.5), has had a malnutrition diagnosis six months before (OR 178.8), and has not had BCG vaccination (OR 25.0) has a high likelihood of dying from malnutrition.
I hope this help to you, and Im interested to keep informed about your study.