Pregnancy and birth risk factors for intellectual disability in South Australia

O. Jonas, D. Roder, A. Esterman, T. Macharper, A. Chan

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Abstract

It is generally accepted that developmental handicaps can often be minimized through early detection and intervention. For this reason, it is normal practice in many hospitals to follow-up and screen infants who present at birth with established risk factors. Clinical judgement will always be important when selecting children for follow-up. However, as hospital data systems improve, automated systems could be developed for listing children potentially "at risk". Where initial clinical decisions not to follow-up individual children prove to be at odds with this automated output, the individual child could be re-assessed clinically. This process could increase the level of quality control. An initial risk-factor model for intellectual disability has been developed, based on the South Australian Perinatal Statistics Collection, for use in this context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-327
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Epidemiology
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Sep 1989
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Birth risk factor
  • Intellectual disability
  • Pregnancy risk factor
  • Risk factor model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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