A progressive look at increasing follow-up after universal newborn hearing screening referrals
Creators:Vaught, Heather L.
Advisor:Roup, Christina M.
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Doctor of Audiology Capstone Projects. 2012
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) has continued to grow in the United States to be a very successful program when it comes to identifying children who may have hearing loss. However, this program currently lacks an appropriate national data management system for tracking the progress of patients throughout diagnostic evaluations and follow-up. A staggering number of children who do not pass their initial UNHS are subsequently lost to follow-up and presumably never receive diagnostic evaluations or early intervention. Several programs exist elsewhere in healthcare that provide incentives to parents or participants to follow-up and to maintain a line of contact with a medical home. Adding a national database that providers can access to check on patient progress and providing the patients with incentives to follow-up may help to continue the increasing number of children and their families who benefit from early identification of hearing loss.
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