Table 5

Comparison of clinical signs and colour scale

Reference Hb (g/dl)Clinical signs present (n/set)*Anaemia indicated by scale reading (n/set)
*The patients were assessed clinically for anaemia only in some of the clinics (314 cases), whereas the scale assessments of anaemia included all the patients in our study.
**The scale reading indicated only a mild anaemia (10 or 11 g/dl) in the nine cases.
***The scale reading indicated a mild anaemia (10 or 11 g/dl) in 74 cases, moderate anaemia (8 or 9 g/dl) in four cases, and no anaemia (12 g/dl) in the remaining 36 cases.
Hb, haemoglobin.
12 or more26/56 (16.6%)9/261 (3.4%)**
10 to <1223/74 (31.1%)78/114 (68.4%)***
8 to <1042/63 (66.6%)98/101 (97.0%)
6 to <814/18 (77.7%)34/34 (100%)
<1059/84 (70.2%)169/171 (98.8%)
<817/21 (80.9%)70/70 (100%)
<63/3 (100%)36/36 (100%)