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Attrition in Long-Term Nutrition Research Studies: A Commentary by the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Early Nutrition Research Working Group
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - JPGN, ISSN 0277-2116, E-ISSN 1536-4801, Vol. 62, no 1, 180-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Long-term follow-up of randomised trials and observational studies provide the best evidence presently available to assess long-term effects of nutrition, and such studies are an important component in determining optimal infant feeding practices. Attrition is, however, an almost inevitable occurrence with increasing age at follow-up. There is a common assumption that studies with <80% follow-up rates are invalid or flawed, and this criticism seems to be more frequently applied to follow-up studies involving randomised trials than observational studies. In this article, we explore the basis and evidence for this 80% rule and discuss the need for greater consensus and clear guidelines for analysing and reporting results in this specific situation.

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2016. Vol. 62, no 1, 180-182 p.
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attrition, loss to follow-up, nutrition, observational studies, paediatrics, randomised trials
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117405DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000992ISI: 000369300200029PubMedID: 26418210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-117405DiVA: diva2:912757
Available from: 2016-03-17 Created: 2016-02-29 Last updated: 2016-03-17Bibliographically approved

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