Body mass index and alternative approaches to taking measurements

Welch, Kerry and Craggs, Chris (2010) Body mass index and alternative approaches to taking measurements. Learning Disability Practice, 13 (3). pp. 30-37. ISSN 1465-8712

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Abstract

The measurement of body mass index (BMI) is an important means of assessing the incidence of disease potential, but it should be used with caution and in conjunction with other clinical assessments and in due consideration of the holistic needs of the person.

A range of methods for measuring BMI is included to accommodate the needs of the individual and take into account altered body shape and posture. This ensures that safety and dignity are maintained and that the data recorded are accurate.

Keywords:arm circumference measurement, body mass index, demispan measurement, essential skills clusters, knee height measurement, skinfold thickness measurement, Ulna length measurement
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B761 Learning Disability Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:09 Oct 2013 16:44

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