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Development of National Newborn Screening Quality Indicators in the United States

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Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
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Center for Public Health Innovation at CI International, Littleton, CO 80120, USA
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Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Aurora, CO 80045, USA
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RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA
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Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2019, 5(3), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijns5030034
Received: 15 August 2019 / Revised: 4 September 2019 / Accepted: 7 September 2019 / Published: 12 September 2019
Newborn screening is a public health program facilitated by state public health departments with the goal of improving the health of affected newborns throughout the country. Experts in the newborn screening community established a panel of eight quality indicators (QIs) to track quality practices within and across the United States newborn screening system. The indicators were developed following iterative refinement, consensus building, and evaluation. The Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs) implemented a national data repository in 2013 that captures the quality improvement metrics from each state. The QIs span the newborn screening process from collection of a dried blood spot through medical intervention for a screened condition. These data are collected and analyzed to support data-driven outcome assessments and tracking performance to improve the quality of the newborn screening system. View Full-Text
Keywords: newborn screening; consensus building; performance measures; quality improvement; quality indicators newborn screening; consensus building; performance measures; quality improvement; quality indicators
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Yusuf, C.; Sontag, M.K.; Miller, J.; Kellar-Guenther, Y.; McKasson, S.; Shone, S.; Singh, S.; Ojodu, J. Development of National Newborn Screening Quality Indicators in the United States. Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2019, 5, 34.

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