Table 2

Data collected and source of information and investigators involved for phases 1 and 2. Aboriginal birth cohort study

Time interval

Data collected

Source of information and investigator responsible


Date of birth

Medical records a


Physical examination a

Birth weight, length

Medical records a

Head circumference

Physical examination a

Gestational age [25]

Physical examination a

Placental weight

Medical records a


Anthropometric and nutritional

Date of assessment


Portable stadiometer b


Tannita model TBF 521 b

Head, mid upper arm, waist circumferences [29]

Physical examination b

Sub scapular and triceps skin folds [29]

Harpenden calipers b

Puberty grade [30,31]

Physical Examination e


Respiratory function [32]

Vitalograph 2120 spirometer c

Respiratory symptoms and signs

Physical examination c

Hospital admissions with respiratory diagnosis

Medical records c


Renal ultrasound [33]

Ultrasonography c

Random urinary albumen creatinine ratio

Beckman image h

Random urinalysis

Urinary dipstick f

Metabolic and cardiovascular

Liver ultrasound

Ultrasonography c

Fasting plasma glucose, total cholesterol, HDL-C, LDL-C, triglycerides

Hitachi 917 Autoanalyser, Roche reagents h

Apolipoprotein A-1, Apolipoprotein B, lipoprotein(a)

BN2-Behrring g

Fasting plasma insulin

Immunoassay, AIA-PACK g

Red blood cell folate

BayerAC 180, Bayer reagents h

Blood pressure

Welch Allyn Lifesigns monitorf

Haematological and infection

Full blood count

Coulter Max M h

Impetigo, scabies, ear discharge, nasal discharge

Physical examination e


Individual, Household items

Child/carer interview f

Community items [34,35]

Data base examination j


Longitudinal growth data

Weight, length, head circumference

Health records f Examination i

a Neonatal paediatrician SS. b Nutritional epidemiologist DM. c Paediatrician IB. d Paediatrician GS. e All team paediatricians. f All team members. g Perth laboratory. h Darwin laboratory. i Aboriginal research assistant. j Team biostatistician AR

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