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Type: Journal article
Title: Survey of current prenatal screening for Down syndrome in Australian hospitals providing maternity care
Author: Bastiaans, K.
Crowther, C.
Citation: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 2003; 43(3):222-225
Publisher: Australian NZ J Obstet Gynaec
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 0004-8666
1479-828X
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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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RMID: 0020030574
DOI: 10.1046/j.0004-8666.2003.00071.x
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