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|Title:||Survey of current prenatal screening for Down syndrome in Australian hospitals providing maternity care|
|Citation:||Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 2003; 43(3):222-225|
|Publisher:||Australian NZ J Obstet Gynaec|
|Kathryn Lawrence, Caroline A. Crowther|
|Abstract:||Background: The present study assessed the screening tests for Down syndrome available to women within Australian hospitals. Methods: Postal questionnaires. Results: A total of 282 (57%) hospitals responded with over two-thirds offering some form of screening test which varied by geographical region and level of institution. First trimester maternal serum screening was offered by 11% of hospitals. Nuchal translucency screening was offered by 52% of hospitals with higher use in Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales than in the other regions. Second trimester maternal serum screening was offered by 75% of hospitals with higher rates in Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and the lowest rate in Queensland. Conclusions: A high proportion of women are offered screening but with wide variation in the tests used.|
|Keywords:||Down syndrome; maternal serum screening; nuchal translucency screening; screening tests|
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|Appears in Collections:||Obstetrics and Gynaecology publications|
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