ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Patient Age Definitions

Definition of terms used to describe patient age information in the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® topics.

Neonate – Birth to 28 days old1.

Infant – Birth to one year old2.

Child – Younger than 18 years old3.

Adolescent – A transitional stage of physical development occurring between puberty and adulthood4

Adult –18 years old or greater.

Pregnancy age - Menarche to menopause (generally in the range of 10-60 years old).

References

1Merriam-Webster Dictionary. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neonate. Accessed March 21, 2011.

2World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revison Population Database. http://esa.un.org/unpp/index.asp?panel=7. Accessed March 21, 2011.

3Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF publications. http://www.unicef.org/crc/index_30227.html. Accessed March 21, 2011.

4Christie D, Viner R. Adolescent development. BMJ. 2005;330(7486):301-304.