Paula van Dommelen

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OBJECTIVE To determine trends in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children in The Hague (the Netherlands) from 1999 through 2007. DESIGN Population-based study of a series of cross-sectional assessments of height and weight from electronic health records. SETTING Child Health Care (Municipal Health Service), The Hague. PARTICIPANTS 50,961(More)
BACKGROUND It is important to know the impact of Very Preterm (VP) birth or Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW). The purpose of this study is to evaluate changes in Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) of adults born VP or with a VLBW, between age 19 and age 28. METHODS The 1983 nationwide Dutch Project On Preterm and Small for gestational age infants (POPS)(More)
Legislation that came into effect in 2006 has dramatically altered the health insurance system in the Netherlands, placing greater emphasis on consumer choice and competition among insurers. The potential for such competition depends largely on consumer preferences for price and quality of service by insurers and quality of affiliated providers. This study(More)
Type 2 collagen disorders encompass a diverse group of skeletal dysplasias that are commonly associated with orthopedic, ocular, and hearing problems. However, the frequency of many clinical features has never been determined. We retrospectively investigated the clinical, radiological, and genotypic data in a group of 93 patients with molecularly confirmed(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Dutch children and adolescents, to examine the 30-years trend, and to create new body mass index reference charts. DESIGN Nationwide cross-sectional data collection by trained health care professionals. PARTICIPANTS 10,129 children of Dutch origin aged 0-21 years. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES(More)
Longitudinal height and weight data from 4649 Dutch twin pairs between birth and 2.5 years of age were analyzed. The data were first summarized into parameters of a polynomial of degree 4 by a mixed-effects procedure. Next, the variation and covariation in the parameters of the growth curve (size at one year of age, growth velocity, deceleration of growth,(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a short instrument to measure determinants of innovations that may affect its implementation. DESIGN We pooled the original data from eight empirical studies of the implementation of evidence-based innovations. The studies used a list of 60 potentially relevant determinants based on a systematic review of empirical studies and a(More)
From data collected via a large international collaborative study, we have constructed a growth chart for patients with molecularly confirmed congenital spondylo-epiphyseal dysplasia (SEDC) and other COL2A1 related dysplasias. The growth chart is based on longitudinal height measurements of 79 patients with glycine substitutions in the triple-helical domain(More)
BACKGROUND Records show that mean height in The Netherlands has increased since 1858. This study looks at whether this trend in the world's tallest nation is continuing. We consider the influence of the geographical region, and of the child and parental education, on changes in height. METHODS We compared the height of young Dutch people aged 0-21 y as(More)
AIMS To evaluate the performance of growth monitoring in detecting diseases. Turner's syndrome (TS) is taken as the target disease. METHODS Case-control simulation study. Three archetypal screening rules are applied to longitudinal growth data comparing a group with TS versus a reference group from birth to the age of 10 years. Main outcome measures were(More)