|Title:||Beta-Thalassemia Major Births after National Screening Program in Taiwan||Authors:||CHERN, JIMMY PENG-SHENG
|Keywords:||beta-thalassemia major;health education;interracial marriage;screening||Issue Date:||2008||Journal Volume:||v.50||Journal Issue:||n.1||Start page/Pages:||58-61||Source:||PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER||Abstract:||
Objective. A National Thalassemia Screening Program was adopted in Taiwan in 1993. This report examined that program 's results and impact. Methods . Patients with beta- thalassemia major born between 1994 and 2003 were recruited through the help of all thalassemia clinics in Taiwan. A structured questionnaire was designed to collect the reasons for affected births. Results. There were 97 affected births from 1994 to 2003. These births resulted after informed choice (n = 4), screening problems (n = 83) , and undetermined causes (n = 10). Approximately 83% (5/6) of affected births in 2003 came from interracial marriages. Conclusions. This report has identified several areas that might improve the thalassemia-screening program, including carrier screening in high school rather than in early pregnancy and the involvement of genetic counselors, providing care of new female immigrants.
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