Improvement in Loss to Follow-up of Newborn Hearing Screening: A lesson from Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

Xiaoling Ye, Tri Tran, Mary Jo Smith, Jeanette Webb, Terri Mohren, Melinda Peat


The study included 24,516 newborns who were born between 2007 and 2011 in Louisiana and failed initial hearing screening tests prior to hospital discharge. Unadjusted and adjusted log-linear models were conducted to estimate crude and adjusted annual percent change of rates in loss to follow-up. Besides trends analyzed from 2004 to 2011 in all races, trends were analyzed by race/ethnicity and time periods before and after 2007. Overall, the rate of loss to follow-up was around 50% from 2004 to 2006. It dropped to about 35% in 2007 and kept stable until 2010, and then dropped to 27% in 2011.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *