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ABase-a tool for the rapid assessment of anthropometric measurements on handheld computers


Zankl, Andreas; Molinari, Luciano (2003). ABase-a tool for the rapid assessment of anthropometric measurements on handheld computers. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A, 121A(2):146-150.

Abstract

Anthropometry is widely recognized as an important method in the evaluation of dysmorphic children. Nevertheless, it has never gained widespread clinical use. We believe that this has mainly practical reasons: appropriate growth charts are not readily available at the bedside or in clinic and taking multiple measurements and plotting them into corresponding growth charts is a time-consuming task. Here we describe a computer program that overcomes both problems: ABase compares entered anthropometric measurements to a database of age- and sex-matched reference values, calculates the centile rank and displays the result either as text or as a digitized growth chart. The program runs on small handheld computers that can easily be carried around in a shirt pocket.

Abstract

Anthropometry is widely recognized as an important method in the evaluation of dysmorphic children. Nevertheless, it has never gained widespread clinical use. We believe that this has mainly practical reasons: appropriate growth charts are not readily available at the bedside or in clinic and taking multiple measurements and plotting them into corresponding growth charts is a time-consuming task. Here we describe a computer program that overcomes both problems: ABase compares entered anthropometric measurements to a database of age- and sex-matched reference values, calculates the centile rank and displays the result either as text or as a digitized growth chart. The program runs on small handheld computers that can easily be carried around in a shirt pocket.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Medical Genetics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Genetics
Health Sciences > Genetics (clinical)
Uncontrolled Keywords:dysmorphology, anthropometry
Language:English
Date:30 August 2003
Deposited On:17 Jan 2023 15:46
Last Modified:28 Apr 2024 01:44
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1552-4825
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.a.20185
PubMed ID:12910494