Title

The relationship of nutritional status on length of hospital stay of patients aged 0-10 years old diagnosed with dengue fever : a multi-center retrospective cohort study from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015

Date of Completion

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Community Medicine

Keywords

Dengue, Nutrition, Children

Abstract

A retrospective cohort design was employed by this study. Stratified random sampling was utilized in selection of respondents wherein the patients listed in the hospital records were initially divided according to their length of stay whereas a prolonged length of stay lasts greater than four days and anything equal or less is classified as not prolonged. Data was analyzed through mean, frequency, percentage and Chi-square test. The results of the study were able to show that malnourished patients were two times more likely to have a prolonged length of stay in the hospital. In fact, even in other diseases, a similar relationship has been observed as proven several studies done in the past. Based on these, it was therefore recommended that screening and assessment of the nutritional status of patients be added to the current dengue treatment protocol.

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