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Abstract:

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines low birth weight as a birth weight below 2 500 grams, irrespective of gestational age. This cut‐off is based on epidemiological observations regarding the increased risk of death of the infant. The number of low birth weight births is then expressed as a percentage of total live births. The majority of the data comes from birth registers. However, data for the Netherlands and Turkey comes from a national health interview survey.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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