Validation and refinement of an Australian customised birthweight model using routinely collected data

Gibbons, Kristen, Chang, Allan, Flenady, Vicki, Mahomed, Kassam, Gardener, Glenn and Gray, Peter H. (2010) Validation and refinement of an Australian customised birthweight model using routinely collected data. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 50 6: 506-511. doi:10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01219.x

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Author Gibbons, Kristen
Chang, Allan
Flenady, Vicki
Mahomed, Kassam
Gardener, Glenn
Gray, Peter H.
Title Validation and refinement of an Australian customised birthweight model using routinely collected data
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8666
1479-828X
Publication date 2010-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01219.x
Volume 50
Issue 6
Start page 506
End page 511
Total pages 6
Editor Jan Dickinson
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background:  Published customised birthweight models designed to account for individual constitutional variation have not been validated in an independent population to verify the results.

Aims:  To validate our previously reported customised birthweight model with additional data from the same hospital and to revise this model using a larger, more refined dataset.

Methods:  With the accumulation of further data, a set of coefficients was derived based on the 12-year dataset. Using shrinkage statistics, records between July 2005 and December 2008 were used to validate the model. Stepwise multiple regression using a more refined dataset of births between January 1997 and December 2008 was used to derive updated coefficients. Performance of the model was assessed using individualised birthweight ratios and the absolute difference between customised and actual birthweight.

Results:  Previous coefficients were validated, with shrinkage of less than 1%, indicating that the model is stable over time. An updated set of coefficients based on a dataset of 61 630 births, including refined ethnicity categories and the addition of a smoking term, is presented, which resulted in improved model statistics (primarily an improved multiple correlation coefficient of 0.51).

Conclusion:  The customised birthweight model appears to be stable over time in the same hospital. Initial comparisons to literature indicate that models from different geographic locations may lead to similar coefficients; but, there remains a need to formally assess this aspect of birthweight models. The updated coefficients differ slightly from those previously published and are considered superior because of refinement in the dataset.
© 2010 The Authors
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology © 2010 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Keyword Australia
Birthweight
Centiles
Fetal growth
Validation studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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