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moradi M, Otaghi M, Mohamadi J. Investigating the Relationship between Nutritional Status, Food Insecurity, and Causes of Hospitalization of Children with Infectious Diseases. Journal title 2018; 1 (2)
URL: http://newresearch.medilam.ac.ir/article-1-236-en.html
Ilam University of Medical Sciences
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Methods: In the current cross sectional study, 580 children hospitalized in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Imam Khomeini Hospital were recruited through the census method. To collect the relevant data, a demographic information questionnaire, the household food security survey module (HFSSM), and tools such as a tape measure and a weighing scale were used. Within these indices, weight - for - age indicated being underweight, weight - to - height represented thinness, and weight - for - age showed short stature. The data, in terms of descriptive and inferential statistical tests were analyzed with SPSS version 16. Results: The results revealed that out of the 580 children examined, 192 (33.1%) were moderately underweight, 166 (28.6%) had moderate thinness, and 167 (28.8%) had a moderate short stature. In total, 453 (78.1%) children had food security. Furthermore, a statistically significant relationship was observed between the causes of hospitalization and being underweight or thin and food insecurity (P < 0.001). Conclusions: Given the statistically significant relationship between nutritional status, food insecurity, and causes of hospitalization in children, it is necessary to take appropriate interventions to promote nutritional st
: Cross sectional | Subject: General
Received: 2017/09/29 | Accepted: 2018/01/22 | Published: 2018/09/29

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