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95% of women in England not screened for sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia by 10 week target

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source: British Medical Journal

year: 2008

authors: Mayor S

summary/abstract:

Most women fail to receive antenatal screening for sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia within the recommended time of 10 weeks, a study of general practice in England has found (British Journal of General Practice 2008;58:154-9). This indicates that screening may often occur too late to allow couples a choice regarding termination of affected fetuses.

The study assessed antenatal screening for the two inherited disorders in all pregnancies reported in at least a six month period in 25 general practices of two inner city primary care trusts. They both had about 40% of their populations from minority ethnic groups and ranked among the most deprived in England. Results from the 1441 pregnancies analysed showed that 95% of women failed to receive screening by the target of 10 weeks.

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.39503.586030.DB

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