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Year : 1986  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 143-149
Identification Of Simple Indicators Of Nutrition Surveillance For Primary Health Care Workers In Field Situations



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Weighing of children under six year of age by primary health care workers in field situation, achieved maximum agreements with the standard agreements with the standard (76.5%). Experience of measuring height and mid upper arm circumference was frustrating because of low level of agreements of 21.1% and 44.9% respectively. The level of agreement and performance of workers could be enhanced by using colour coded simple instruments such as colored weight charts, leanness boards, tricolor tape and height stick. Nutritional grading by use of growth charts, leanness boards and tricolour tape matched well with actual measurements. Weighing and use of growth chart appeared to be reliable and simple indicator in the hands of primary health care workers in field situations. Their ability could be further enhanced by continuing education and supportive supervision.


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