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The Pediatric Forum
December 2001

The World Health Organization Oral Rehydration Solution in Pediatric Practice: A Comment on the Methodology

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(12):1391. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.12.1390

We read with great interest the article by Ladinsky et al1 that compared parental satisfaction with a packet-based oral rehydration solution (WHO-ORS) to satisfaction with a commercially prepared oral rehydration solution (C-ORS).

We are concerned about the satisfaction data reported in Table 5. The authors report that 97 families were initially enrolled in this randomized controlled trial and 91 families actually completed the follow-up interview. In the table, the C-ORS group has 50 respondents and the WHO-ORS group has 47 respondents for a total of 97. It is unclear why families that did not complete follow-up surveys were included in this analysis.

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