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Correspondence: kzeinab10@gmail.com; zkassem1@hfhs.org

ZK drafted the manuscript.

ACB designed the study and was a major contributor in writing.

CB performed all statistical analysis.

DAJ and HD contributed to the acquisition of the data.

CLMJ contributed to the design of the overall study.

All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


Research Funding:

This work was supported by a Mentored Scientist Grant from the Fund for Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA.


  • Birth weight
  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Race
  • Reliability
  • Self-report

Reliability of birth weight recall by parent or guardian respondents in a study of healthy adolescents


Journal Title:

BMC Research Notes


Volume 11, Number 1


, Pages 878-878

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Article | Final Publisher PDF


Objective: Birth weight, which can be an indicator for risk of chronic diseases throughout the lifespan, is one of the most commonly used measures in the study of developmental origins of health and disease. There is limited information on the reliability of parent/guardian reported birth weight by race or by respondent type (i.e., mother, father, other caregiver). Results: Birth weight was reported by a respondent for 309 of the 333 (92.8%) study participants; of these, chart obtained birth weight was available for 236 (76.4%). There was good agreement between respondent report and chart obtained birth weight. Over half (N = 145, 61.4%) of respondents reported a birth weight within ± 100 g of what was in the chart; 60.9% of black participants (n = 81) and 62.1% of white participants (n = 64) fell within 100 g. Overall, mothers were 3.31 (95% CI 1.18, 9.33) times more likely than fathers to correctly recall the child's birthweight within ± 100 g (p = 0.023). Respondent reported birth weight is a reliable alternative to chart obtained birth weight. Mothers were found to be most accurate in reporting birth weight of the child. Race/ethnicity was not significantly associated with reliability of birth weight reporting.

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