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The effect of balanced protein energy supplementation in undernourished pregnant women and child physical growth in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Overview of attention for article published in Maternal & Child Nutrition, April 2015
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Title
The effect of balanced protein energy supplementation in undernourished pregnant women and child physical growth in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Published in
Maternal & Child Nutrition, April 2015
DOI 10.1111/mcn.12183
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Authors

Briony Stevens, Petra Buettner, Kerrianne Watt, Alan Clough, Julie Brimblecombe, Jenni Judd

Abstract

The beneficial effect of balanced protein energy supplementation during pregnancy on subsequent child growth is unclear and may depend upon the mother entering pregnancy adequately nourished or undernourished. Systematic reviews to-date have included studies from high-, middle- and low-income countries. However, the effect of balanced protein energy supplementation should not be generalised. This review assesses the effect of balanced protein energy supplementation in undernourished pregnant women from low- and middle-income countries on child growth. A systematic review of articles published in English (1970-2015) was conducted via MEDLINE, Scopus, the Cochrane Register and hand searching. Only peer-reviewed experimental studies analysing the effects of balanced protein energy supplementation in undernourished pregnant women from low- and middle-income countries with measures of physical growth as the primary outcome were included. Two reviewers independently assessed full-text articles against inclusion criteria. Validity of eligible studies was ascertained using the Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies (EPHPP QAT). In total, seven studies met the inclusion criteria. All studies reported on birthweight, five on birth length, three on birth head circumference, and one on longer-term growth. Standardised mean differences were calculated using a random-effects meta-analysis. Balanced protein energy supplementation significantly improved birthweight (seven randomised controlled trials, n = 2367; d = 0.20, 95% confidence interval, 0.03-0.38, P = 0.02). No significant benefit was observed on birth length or birth head circumference. Impact of intervention could not be determined for longer-term physical growth due to limited evidence. Additional research is required in low- and middle-income countries to identify impacts on longer-term infant growth.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Ethiopia 1 <1%
Unknown 155 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 30 19%
Researcher 25 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 11%
Student > Bachelor 16 10%
Student > Postgraduate 13 8%
Other 27 17%
Unknown 28 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 43 28%
Nursing and Health Professions 35 22%
Social Sciences 15 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 3%
Other 14 9%
Unknown 34 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 November 2021.
All research outputs
#6,343,101
of 19,539,469 outputs
Outputs from Maternal & Child Nutrition
#593
of 1,160 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#64,617
of 191,343 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Maternal & Child Nutrition
#3
of 5 outputs
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