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Newborn Screening Programmes

  1. Evelyn P Parsons1,
  2. Don M Bradley2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005637.pub2



How to Cite

Parsons, E. P. and Bradley, D. M. 2008. Newborn Screening Programmes. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

  2. 2

    University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008


Newborn screening programmes are used to detect diseases in neonates by analysing a blood sample collected by heel-prick, usually during the first week of life. Whereas early programmes were started with the aim of preventing mental retardation, advances in technology now mean that a variety of disorders, where treatment is more problematic, or even nonexistent, can be identified. This has broadened the scope of newborn screening and presents service providers with an increasing need to address issues about consent.


  • newborn screening;
  • informed consent;
  • extended screening