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by Sapna Kundra, MPH, writer

In laboratory newborn screening programs, the primary focus is on the test itself. What happens after the test is up to the follow-up program, an essential component of the newborn screening process that ensures confirmation or rule-out of a diagnosis and that all newborns with a confirmed diagnosis are in the care of an appropriate specialist.

At the APHL 2020 Newborn Screening Virtual Symposium last week, a panel of follow-up professionals discussed not only the value of the programs’ work but also some of the challenges and questions that surround their work. Unlike many other …read more