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February 6, 2002

Does Early Identification of Deaf Newborns Lead to Later Improvements in Language Skills?—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(5):587-588. doi:10.1001/jama.287.5.583

In Reply: We agree with Dr Pickard that those states that have implemented infant screening programs need to collect and report appropriate data. In our systematic review we suggested that states with UNHS programs carefully report outcomes in all possible patients, as well as the rates of loss to follow-up. Such studies would follow the speech, language, and scholastic achievement of children with hearing impairment identified by UNHS, and might provide additional information about the benefits of such a screening program.

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