TITLE

Evaluation of a portable hemoglobin photometer in pregnant women in a high altitude area: a pilot study

AUTHOR(S)
Xiaoyan Zhou; Hong Yan; Yuan Xing; Shaonong Dang; Bianba Zhuoma; Duolao Wang
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
BMC Public Health;2009, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p228
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: Anemia is a widespread public health problem associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality, especially in pregnant women. This study examined the agreement between a portable hemoglobin photometer and a laboratory analyzer in determining hemoglobin level in pregnant women. Methods: This study recruited 69 pregnant women in Tibet, China. Capillary blood samples were taken to measure hemoglobin concentration using the hemoglobin photometer and the laboratory analyzer. Limit of agreement, concordance and intraclass correlation coefficient were used to evaluate the agreement. Laboratory measurement was considered as the standard reference method. Sensitivity and specificity were calculated to assess the error in screening for anemia. Results: Mean difference between the two methods was -2.1 g/l. wide 95% limits of agreement were found (-22.6 g/l to 18.4 g/l). The intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.795, and concordance correlation coefficient was 0.793. Sensitivity and specificity were 94.9% and 76.7% respectively. Positive predictive value was 84.1%, and negative predictive value was 92.0%. Conclusion: This hemoglobin photometer is not recommended for determining hemoglobin concentration in pregnancy in a high altitude area.
ACCESSION #
43570543

 

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