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Table 4 Estimated percentage of referrals according to the UKCG, the WHO guideline, and a parental height deflection rule

From: Referral patterns of children with poor growth in primary health care

Description rule Criteria % referrals % referrals % referrals % referrals
   0–3 years 3–10 years 10–18 years 0–18 years
UKCG HSDS§ < -2.67 (P0.4) at age 5 n.a. 0.3 n.a 0.3
Low height for age (HSDS) HSDS§ < - 2 (P2.3) 7.3 3.6 3.2 9.2
Low weight for age (WSDS) WSDS** < -2 (P2.3) 10.0 2.5 3.2 10.5
Parental height deflection rule (0.5 SDS) (HSDS2§ - HSDS1§) < -0.5, AND     
  | HSDS2§ – TH SDS | > | HSDS1§ – TH SDS | 58.8 18.3 28.7 62.0
Parental height deflection rule (1 SDS) (HSDS2§ – HSDS1§) < -1, AND     
  | HSDS2§ – TH SDS | > | HSDS1 – TH SDS | 30.0 3.9 11.6 41.1
  1. * UKCG
  2. § HSDS = Height Standard Deviation Score
  3. **WSDS = Weight Standard deviation score
  4. THSDS = Target Height Standard Deviation Score
  5. Rules described by WHO Global database on Child growth and malnutrition.
  6. n.a. = not applicable