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A review of the psychosocial effects of false-positive results on parents and current communication practices in newborn screening

Review published: 2006.

Bibliographic details: Hewlett J, Waisbren S E.  A review of the psychosocial effects of false-positive results on parents and current communication practices in newborn screening. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 2006; 29(5): 677-682. [PubMed: 16917730]

Abstract

As more states adopt expanded newborn screening for metabolic disorders, the overall number of false positives increases. False-positive screening results have been associated with increased anxiety and stress in parents of infants who require follow-up testing, even after the infant's good health is confirmed. This article reviews the literature on the negative impact of false-positive newborn screening results on parents, along with a review of current communication practices for follow-up screening. The results of this review suggest that parental stress and anxiety can be reduced with improved education and communication to parents, specifically at the time of follow-up screening. Communication strategies with sample materials are proposed.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

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