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Investigation into anthropometric assessment training in emergency nutrition programmes

Author: Naomi Tilley
Year: 2007
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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this project is to investigate anthropometric measurement training in emergency nutrition programmes.

Methods: there were two sections to the study, the first being a cross-sectional survey comprising a mixture of self-administered and interview-administered questionnaires. Three questionnaires were written, each targeting a different group. The target groups were national staff, nursing or nutritional supervisors and medical or nutritional coordinators or nutritional advisors. The study’s second section tested each nutritional or anthropometric measurement manual for readability, clarity and illustration. The readability score was tested by putting paragraphs from each manual into an online readability calculator, each score being presented.

Results: 32 participants completed the questionnaires. 94% of the participants had received some form of anthropometric measurement training. 16% of those participants had received only theoretical training. 22% of the participants said that the training did not include infants less than 6 months and 22% said adults including pregnant and lactating women were not included in the anthropometric measurement training. 67% of participants were not aware of a recommended frequency of training and 50% were unaware of an existing anthropometric measurement training policy.

Conclusions: Our findings indicate there are no recommendations for frequency, depth and quality of anthropometric measurement training. The training appears to be guided by how motivated the facilitator is.

Providing a more rounded training to include all population age groups and a more practical training gives the measurer more knowledge and understanding therefore increasing the measurer’s ability to react more quickly to a nutritional crisis and reduces measurement error.

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