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Clinico-epidemiological profile and validation of symptoms and signs of severe illness in young infants (< 60 days) reporting to a district hospital

A Narang, P Kumar, R Narang, P Ray, JB Carlin, P Greenwood, P Muley, S Misra, M Weber



OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical and epidemiological profile of infants less than 2 months of age reporting to a district hospital and to assess the ability of simple clinical symptoms and signs used by health workers to detect severe illness warranting hospital admission. METHODS: It was an observational study done at a general district hospital at Chandigarh, North India. Infants less than 2 months of age presenting to this hospital were enrolled. All infants were first evaluated by an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) to record a pre-determined set of symptoms and signs. A pediatrician who was blinded to the findings of the ANM did an independent assessment for severe illness needing urge..

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