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Title: Childhood anemia prevalence and associated factors in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Other Titles: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Authors: Assis, Ana Marlucia de Oliveira
Barreto, Mauricio Lima
Gomes, Gecynalda Soares da Silva
Prado, Matildes da Silva
Santos, Nedja Silva dos
Santos, Leonor Maria Pacheco
Sampaio, Lílian Ramos
Ribeiro, Rita de Cássia
Oliveira, Lucivalda Pereira Magalhães de
Oliveira, Valterlinda Alves de
Keywords: Anemia;Preschool Child;Logistic Models;Anemia;Pré-escolar;Modelos Logísticos
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Abstract: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 1996 to estimate the prevalence of anemia in a stratified sample of 603 preschool children and identify factors associated with the disease. Hemoglobin assays were conducted in finger-prick blood samples using a Hemocue hemoglobinometer. Anemia was defined as hemoglobin below 11.0g/dl. Logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the potential associations. Observed anemia prevalence was 46.3%. Associated factors were: the 6-12-month and 12-24-month age brackets, the lowest tertiles for iron density and protein content dietary intake, and any degree of deficit in the height-for-age anthropometric parameter. Inadequate physical, sanitary, and environmental conditions in the home were associated with a significantly increased risk of anemia. Anemia constitutes an important health problem in this study's child population. Improvements in living conditions and dietary quality could contribute to a reduction in anemia prevalence.
URI: http://www.repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/3593
ISSN: 0102-311X
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