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School-based screening programs for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
are mandated in 26 US states and are supported by state or local agencies
in other areas, even though evidence of effectiveness is lacking. In this
evaluation of a community-wide school-based scoliosis screening program, Yawn
and colleagues foundArticle that among 2242 children screened in grades 5 through
9 and followed up until age 19 years, the screening program identified 5 of
9 children who were treated for scoliosis and referred 87 others who were
not treated. The sensitivity of the screening program for the identification
of treated scoliosis was 0.56, the positive predictive value was 0.05, and
the number needed to screen to identify a child with treated scoliosis was
448. In an editorialArticle, Higginson details the steps involved in a reevaluation
of state-funded or -mandated scoliosis screening programs.
This Week in JAMA. JAMA. 1999;282(15):1401. doi:10.1001/jama.282.15.1401
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