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October 18, 1985

Child Survival: Strategies for Research

JAMA. 1985;254(15):2152. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360150132047

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This book is based on a workshop organized by the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations and consists of 17 chapters. Its focus is on child survival in developing countries. The purposes are (1) to prepare a simple framework for interdisciplinary communication and studies, (2) to identify key determinants of morbidity and mortality and the methods of analyzing them developed by biomedical and social scientists, and (3) to consider research needs and strategies for multidisciplinary studies on child survival. The importance of combining the biomedical and social science approaches to studies of factors influencing child survival is the common thread throughout.

The biomedical perspectives discussed in this book include infections and parasitic diseases, nutrition, fertility (including birth interval and birth weight), practices and quality of care during pregnancy, childbirth, infancy, and childhood. The social science perspectives include literacy, income, mothers' ages, parity and education, women's roles, health behavior, and sex differences. The