Open Access Research Article Article ID: OJPCH-4-116

    Accuracy of new CIMDER tapes and the standard MUAC tape for screening nutritional status in children

    Gustavo Bergonzoli* and Oscar Echeverri

    Background: The mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) to assess children nutritional status under 5 years of age, has been used since late fifties. 

    Methods: The study was conducted to assess the accuracy in classifying the nutritional status of children under 5 years of age using the new CIMDER tapes compared to the new standard MUAC tape S0145620, distributed by UNICEF, taking weight-for-age as gold-standard from WHO multicenter study. Results. 

    Results: The new CIMDER tapes developed for boys and girls in different age groups, yielded better results than the new standard MUAC tape for all accuracy indicators used. 

    Conclusions: These results warrant that the new CIMDER tapes can be used for screening nutritional status in children under 5 years of age with improved accuracy compared to the standard MUAC tape. New CIMDER tapes also screen for overweight, but the standard MUAC tape does not.


    Published on: Jun 13, 2019 Pages: 7-12

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/ojpch.000016
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