Measures to Identify Pediatric Malnutrition: Introduction to Mid-Upper Arm Circumference and Z-scores

Program Date: 12 February 2020
Publication Date: 16 July 2021

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll describe the validity of the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) measurement; review z-score calculations and how to interpret results; and watch how to accurately take MUAC measurements in pediatric practice. Originally presented at the 2020 Growth Summit in Stockholm, Sweden.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the validity of MUAC and its clinical application.
  • Review z-core calculations and how to interpret results in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate how to accurately take MUAC measurements in pediatric practice.
  • Run Time: 37

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Susan Abdel-Rahman, PharmD

Marion Merrell Dow/Missouri Chair
Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO, USA

Susan M. Abdel-Rahman, PharmD, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the UMKC-School of Medicine, Director of Health Care Innovation for the Children’s Research Institute, Chief of the Section of Therapeutic Innovation, and Program Director for the NIH T32 funded fellowship in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology at Children’s Mercy. Dr Abdel-Rahman came to Children’s Mercy after completing undergraduate and graduate training at Rutgers University and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ohio State University. Dr Rahman has been involved in translational and clinical research for nearly 20 years with grants/contracts from the National Institutes of Health, US Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, National Endowment for the Arts, Pharmaceutical Industry and Private foundations. She directs a laboratory-based research program emphasizing analytical chemistry/molecular genetics and has overseen more than two dozen clinical studies; from small, single-site pharmacokinetic studies to large population based epidemiologic investigations. Notably, Dr Rahman has enrolled over 28,000 participants into studies for which she served as the Principal Investigator. Dr Rahman leads a drug discovery program, is developing EHR-integrated precision therapeutics software, and has developed three medical devices two of which have been cleared by the FDA (2015 & 2019). Dr Rahman is also an active member of the Clinical Pharmacology consult service, taking call approximately 15 days per month. Dr Rahman chairs the Drug Utilization Review Board for the state of Missouri’s Medicaid program and currently serves as President-Elect for the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT). She will assume the role of ASCPT President at the Annual Meeting in 2020.


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