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Table 1 Baseline and clinical characteristics: Comparison of the three treatment groups (N = 41)

From: Effectiveness of FIBEROPTIC phototherapy compared to conventional phototherapy in treating HYPERBILIRUBINEMIA amongst term neonates: a randomized controlled trial

Characteristics Blue Light (n = 13) Fiberoptic (n = 13) White Light (n = 15) ρ value
  Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD  
Birth weight (Kg) 2.9 ± 0.4 3.3 ± 0.6 3.1 ± 0.5 0.109
Age at Enrolment (Days) 4 ± 1.0 4 ± 1.0 4 ± 1.0 0.318
Gestation age at birth in weeks 38 ± 2.0 39 ± 2.0 39 ± 1.0 0.582
Weight at enrolment 2.7 ± 0.3 3.2 ± 0.6 2.9 ± 0.5 0.086
Weight at end of PT 2.7 ± 0.3 3.2 ± 0.7 2.9 ± 0.5 0.131
Mean axillary temperature during phototherapy (°C) 37.04 ± 0.38 37.06 ± 0.40 37.09 ± 0.43 0.937
Age at onset of jaundice in days 3 ± 1.0 3 ± 1.0 3 ± 0.0 0.829
Serum bilirubin at start of phototherapy μmol/l 294.80 ± 78.49 299.75 ± 76.63 283.71 ± 69.52 0.843
Average irradiance (μW/cm2/nm) 27 ± 1.08 34 ± 1.24 8 ± 0.69 < 0.001*
  1. Values presented as mean ± SD
  2. p-value analyzed using analysis of variance
  3. * Significant p-value