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1.  True status of supplement not made clear to reader 
PMCID: PMC1720138
2.  Comparison of the use of Tanner and Whitehouse, NCHS, and Cambridge standards in infancy. 
Archives of Disease in Childhood  1993;69(4):420-422.
The British (Tanner and Whitehouse) and American (National Center for Health Statistics, NCHS) growth standards are widely used internationally, although the data are now over 30 years old. Routine weight data was retrieved from the child health records of a complete annual cohort of 3418 children aged 18-30 months to test the validity of these standards for modern infants. Compared with the Tanner and Whitehouse standards, Newcastle children rose initially and then fell a mean of 0.7 SDs between 6 weeks and 18 months, resulting in a threefold difference in the proportion of children below the 3rd centile at different ages. NCHS standards showed a similar pattern. When compared with modern standards from the Cambridge growth study, there was a much closer match, although Newcastle children showed a slight gain by the age of 1 year. Existing standards for weight introduce inaccuracy into the estimation of centile position in the early months of life. As both standards show similar problems this probably represents a real secular change due to changes in infant nutrition. These findings support the need to develop new national growth reference standards.
PMCID: PMC1029547  PMID: 8259870
4.  Inequalities in child health. 
PMCID: PMC1779009  PMID: 3196063
5.  Young doctors' views on their undergraduate child health teaching. 
Archives of Disease in Childhood  1987;62(5):500-503.
Fifty three recently qualified doctors working in various fields of child health were asked to relate their present work to the teaching they received as undergraduates. A rating scale was used that indicated the doctor's perceptions of the present importance of a subject and the previous deficiency in teaching. History taking and examination techniques were thought to have been adequately taught, but the diagnosis and management of 'minor ailments' in children were thought to have been deficient in the course, despite their importance in present work. A greater emphasis on problem based teaching would make up for this deficiency.
PMCID: PMC1778397  PMID: 3606185

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