Journal article

Early prediction of poor outcome in extremely low birth weight infants by classification tree analysis

N Ambalavanan, A Baibergenova, WA Carlo, S Saigal, B Schmidt, KE Thorpe

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To predict death or neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) in extremely low birth weight infants by classification trees with recursive partitioning and automatic selection of optimal cut points of variables. STUDY DESIGN: Data from the Trial of Indomethacin Prophylaxis in Preterms were randomly divided into development (n=784) and validation sets (n=262). Three models were developed for the combined outcome of death (8 days to 18 months) or NDI (cerebral palsy, cognitive delay, deafness, or blindness at 18 months corrected age): antenatal: antenatal data; early neonatal: antenatal+first 3 days data; and first week: antenatal, first 3 days, and 4th to 8th days data. Decision trees we..

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