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Journal Article
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Borghi, E; de Onis, M; Van den Broeck, J; Frongillo, E. A. ; Grummer-Strawn, L. ; Van Buuren, S. ; Pan, H. ; Molinari, L. ; Martorell, R. ; Onyango, A. W. ; Martines, J. C.
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Article Title
Construction of the World Health Organization child growth standards selection methods for attained growth curves
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Statistics in Medicine
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Refereed
Date of Publication
2006
Volume ID
25
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247-65
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http:; igitur-archive.library.uu.nl/fss/2007-0302-200423/Construction%20WHO%20-%20Stat%20Med%202006.pdf
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Abstract
The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with a number of research institutions worldwide, is developing new child growth standards. As part of a broad consultative process for selecting the best statistical methods, WHO convened a group of statisticians and child growth experts to review available methods, develop a strategy for assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss methodological issues likely to be faced in the process of constructing the new growth curves. To select the method(s) to be used, the group proposed a two-stage decision-making process. First, to select a few relevant methods based on a list of set criteria and, second, to compare the methods using available tests or other established procedures. The group reviewed 30 methods for attained growth curves. Using the predefined criteria, a few were selected combining five distributions and two smoothing techniques. Because the number of selected methods was considered too large to be fully tested, a preliminary study was recommended to evaluate goodness of fit of the five distributions. Methods based on distributions with poor performance will be eliminated and the remaining methods fully tested and compared.....
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