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UK to evaluate congenital hip screening:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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A UK government committee is to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of current and alternative strategies for the neonatal screening programme for congenital dislocation of the hip. This follows a report from the Medical Research Council which has questioned the effectiveness of current screening policy which is based on physical examination. The national screening committee will discuss the use of ultrasound which, under present guidelines, is not employed for routine screening in the UK. The evaluatory study will take place over a six-month period, with policy change proposals expected by the end of 1999.

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