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I would like to know if I should use following or according to when referring to some guidelines, such as in the following example:

Stunting was diagnosed when a patient’s height was smaller than 1.40m, for men, or 1.30m, for women. These cut-off points were defined following / according to World Health Organization guidelines on anthropometry.

  • Often, according to is placed at the beginning. I would not use following here. – Lambie Feb 2 '19 at 16:50
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Either is correct in this context, it's a stylistic choice. Personally I would add "the" if you went with "following", thus "defined following the World Health Organization guidelines...", but I would leave it off if you went with "according to", thus "defined according to World Health Organization guidelines..."

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In this case either is fine. Bear in mind though you forgot your article the.

Stunting was diagnosed when a patient’s height was smaller than 1.40m, for men, or 1.30m, for women. These cut-off points were defined following / according to the World Health Organization guidelines on anthropometry.

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