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Table 2 Summary of results, including sensitivity analyses and use of alternative criteria for anaemia

From: Prevalence of anaemia in older persons: systematic review

  Number of studies Number of individuals Anaemia (weighted mean %)
WHO criteria    
All studies 34 85409 17
Community/Nursing Home 31 71456 13
Community only 27 69975 12
Nursing Homes only 4 1481 47
Hospital admissions only 3 13953 40
Sensitivity analyses    
Community/Nursing Home before 2000 12 19708 15
Community/Nursing Home 2000 and later 18 51748 12
Men 26 23856 15
Women 28 35781 14
Community only using Hb only 26 68912 12
Alternative criteria    
Community/Nursing Home Hb ≤ 120 g/L 3 2516 9
Community/Nursing Home Hb ≤ 110 g/L 4 21611 6
  1. Note: Individual studies were weighted by number of individuals for calculation of overall mean rate of anaemia