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 Name Low Birth Weight Rate (<2,500 Grams, Excluding <500 Grams) Short/Other Names Not applicable Description Crude low birth weight rate (<2,500 grams, excluding <500 grams) Interpretation Lower rates for this indicator are desirable. HSP Framework Dimension Areas of Need Geographic Coverage Reporting Level/Disaggregation Indicator Results https://apps.cihi.ca/mstrapp/asp/Main.aspx?Server=apmstrextprd_i&project=Quick%20Stats&uid=pce_pub_en&pwd=&evt=2048001&visualizationMode=0&documentID=029DB170438205AEBCC75B8673CCE822
Identifying Information
 Name Low Birth Weight Rate (<2,500 Grams, Excluding <500 Grams) Short/Other Names Not applicable
Indicator Description and Calculation
 Description Crude low birth weight rate (<2,500 grams, excluding <500 grams) Calculation: Description Rate = (Number of live newborns with a birth weight between 500 grams and 2,499 grams, inclusive) ÷ (Number of live newborns with a birth weight greater than or equal to 500 grams) × 100 Unit of Analysis: Discharge from acute care facilities Calculation: Geographic Assignment Calculation: Type of Measurement Rate per 100 Calculation: Adjustment Applied Calculation: Method of Adjustment Not applicable Denominator Description: Number of live newborns with a birth weight greater than or equal to 500 grams Inclusions: 1. ICD-10-CA in-hospital birth codes: –Any one diagnosis code of Z38.0, Z38.3 or Z38.6 coded in any position Exclusions: 1. Non-newborn records 2. Cadaveric donors 3. Weight <500 grams 4. Invalid birth weight (Weight = blank, 0000, 0001 or ZZZZ) 5. ICD-10-CA abortion or out-of-hospital birth codes: –Any one diagnosis code of P96.4, Z38.1, Z38.2, Z38.4, Z38.5, Z38.7 or Z38.8 coded in any diagnosis field Numerator Description: Number of live newborns with a birth weight between 500 grams and 2,499 grams, inclusive Inclusions: Weight <2,500 grams Exclusions: Same as denominator (numerator is a subset of the denominator)
Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
 Rationale Low birth weight can add to length of hospital stays and health care costs. Over the fiscal years, these rates have continued to vary among provinces and territories. Given this variability, this indicator can be used to inform government planners, policy-makers, health system decision-makers, health care providers, patients and the general public. It can help raise awareness and allow Canada to compare its rates with the rates of other countries. Interpretation Lower rates for this indicator are desirable. HSP Framework Dimension Areas of Need Targets/Benchmarks Not applicable References Not applicable
Availability of Data Sources and Results
 Data Sources Available Data Years Type of Year: First Available Year: 2001 Last Available Year: 2014 Geographic Coverage Reporting Level/Disaggregation