Can recall of birth size be used as a measure of birthweight in Cameroon?
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Volume 24, Issue 4, pages 383–389, July 2010
How to Cite
Mbuagbaw, L. and Gofin, R. (2010), Can recall of birth size be used as a measure of birthweight in Cameroon?. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 24: 383–389. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3016.2010.01128.x
- Issue published online: 1 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2010
- maternal recall;
- developing country
Mbuagbaw L, Gofin R. Can recall of birth size be used as a measure of birthweight in Cameroon? Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2010.
Birthweight is a key predictor of future life outcomes. When this information is not available we must rely on maternal recall of weight or size. We evaluated the use of maternal recall of size as an indicator for birthweight, using data from the 2004 Demographic and Health Survey in Cameroon.
The overall agreement between recorded and recalled weight and subjective assessment of birth size was 90% (Kappa = 0.46). Concordant descriptions were associated with higher birthweights (P < 0.001), higher education (P = 0.008) and delivery in a health unit (P = 0.025). Specificity for low birthweight (92.9%) was much higher than sensitivity (59.9%) and the negative predictive value (96.1%) was much higher than the positive predictive value (44.4%). These results indicate that recall of size, in Cameroonian women and in other low resource settings, should be used only in the absence of other sources of data.