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Parents' anxiety about newborn screening results does not lead to increased health care use
Date:9/19/2011

need more studies on the psychosocial effects on parents of false-positive results in these children."

Researchers caution that because the study of both term and premature infants only focused on those enrolled in Medicaid, it could be that the results are specific only to that population.

"It's possible that parents do not suffer from lingering anxiety about their child's health. Alternatively, it may be that parents in this group of Medicaid-insured children had difficulty accessing health care for their kids," says Tarini.

Tarini recommends that future studies examine whether the phenomenon of parental anxiety is only evident in certain groups who are prone to worrying about their children, namely those who had difficulty conceiving, first-time parents or parents with anxiety disorders.

In addition, it is possible that looking at the number of visits is not the most effective way to assess parents' anxiety levels, researchers say. "It is possible that parental anxiety about false positive results may also show itself through other actions, such as decisions to not have more children or restrictions of the child's activity," says Tarini.


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Contact: Lauren McLeod
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734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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