Note: Users familiar with earlier versions of Epi Info™ may notice
the absence of the NUTSTAT module. The tools available in Epi Info™ 7
have replaced it.
Epi Info™ 7, developed by
the CDC, contains several nutritional anthropometry tools that can be
used to look at population-based or group data. The tool, called the
Nutrition Project, can be used to collect, analyze, and graph child
growth data. The
Nutrition Project is a special data entry form that allows you to
type in a child’s age, height, weight, and other measurements for each
clinic or doctor’s office visit. As you enter the measurements, the
appropriate percentiles are automatically calculated and added to the
data set. The WHO Child Growth Standards (0–5 years) are used to
calculate percentiles for children 0 to 2 years of age, and the CDC 2000
Growth Reference is used to calculate percentiles for children 2 years
of age or older (Epi Info™ User Guide. Nutritional Anthropometry. Using
the Nutrition Project).
The tools available in Epi Info™ 7 include:
- A data entry form to calculate z-scores and percentiles as data
- Growth charting capabilities in the Visual Dashboard.
- Several nutrition functions in Classic Analysis that can be used
to add z-scores and percentiles to existing data sets.
Four growth references are available for use
- CDC 2000 Growth References.
- WHO Child Growth Standards (0–5 years).
- WHO Reference 2007(5–19 years).
- CDC/WHO 1977 Growth Reference.
Note: Except for the data entry form titled “The Nutrition Project,”
all nutritional anthropometry tools in Epi Info™ 7 allow you to easily
select the growth reference.