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Table 5 Characteristics of measures and indices

From: Anthropometric indices and measures to assess change in the nutritional status of a population: a systematic literature review

Measure or index Detect short term change Detect long term change Simplicity Acceptability Cost Independence of age Reliability and accuracy
WFH/L +++ ++ + +++ ++ ++ +
WFA ++ ++ + +++ ++ +++ +
H/LFA ++ +++ + +++ ++ +++ +
MUAC +++ ++ +++ +++ +++ ++ ++
  1. WFA; Weight-For-Age; H/LFA Height/Length-For-Age; WFH/L Weight-For-Height/length; MUAC Middle Upper Arm Circumference; +++ = Good; ++ = Fair ; + = Poor