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Low Birthweight

 
More info on Low Birthweight Case Study:
 Is low birthweight a health problem?
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Introduction

Data from the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) can be used to describe the prevalence of various infant health indicators for infants born to mothers participating in public health programs. Using PNSS data for the 2002 reporting year from a state WIC (Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) program, an epidemiologic approach will be used to describe the prevalence of low birthweight in terms of time, place, and person by answer the following questions:

When using an epidemiologic approach, it is important to assess data quality before analyzing the data. For this example assume that data quality is acceptable. The next step is to determine the extent of the health problem in the state WIC Program using PNSS data tables.

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This page last updated March 04, 2010

United States Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity