EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Criteria for Determining Disability in Infants and Children: Failure to Thrive
Perrin, E. C., Cole, C. H., et al.
AHRQ Publication No. 03-E026. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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The review addresses a clearly focused question
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication
Included studies are assessed for study quality
Quality assessments are reproducible
Description: This is a review of cross-sectional or longitudinal published studies with control that investigates disabilities in children with failure to thrive (FTT).
Whether children who are defined by investigators as failure to thrive or grow adequately have a concurrent disability, or will have one within six months.
Population: Children 18 years of age or younger
Intervention/Assessment: Not applicable
Number of Studies Included: 43
Years Included: 1966 – September 2001
- Assessment Areas
- Swallowing/Feeding - “Four studies noted concurrent feeding disorders in children diagnosed with FTT. Behavior problems were more common in children with FTT, even beyond those children who were known to be failing to grow on the basis of neurological or other organic damage or disease. Children had such factors as increased negative affect and decreased positive affect during feeding compared to controls, with no difference in non-feeding situations. Severity of malnutrition, but not presence of organic disease, was associated with affective outcomes. Also, parents reported more feeding problems during infancy for the FTT cases, and described their children as uninterested or poor eaters” (p. 3).
Keywords: Swallowing Disorders
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Added to Compendium: December 2011