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New Monitoring Tools Enable Better Detection of Growth Disorders

[Source:  Science Daily]

Children’s growth disorders can be detected earlier and more efficiently with the help of new growth monitoring tools, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland. These tools include up-to-date growth reference curves, evidence-based screening cut-off values for abnormal growth and automated growth monitoring based on electronic health records.

Since the 1990s, Finnish child welfare clinics have been using a globally unique method for growth monitoring, resting largely on growth reference curves. This screening process relies also on important tools such as screening cut-off values for abnormal growth and accurate diagnostic procedures for early detection of growth disorders. However, due to changes in children’s growth over time, growth charts need regular updating. Furthermore, the screening criteria have left room for improvement and research evidence on the efficiency of growth monitoring has been lacking. In his doctoral thesis, Antti Saari, MD, revised the growth monitoring system of Finnish children and demonstrated the
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