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Newborn Screening Systems
The Complete Perspective

Carlie Driscoll, Bradley McPherson
245 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Ensuring optimal health for newborns is a concern shared by a whole host of medical and allied health professionals. Clinicians, researchers, and policymakers from a diverse range of specialties regularly engage in collaborative practice in the first stage of attaining this goal; in the early detection of newborn diseases and disorders. In order to provide the highest quality of service, the Audiologist, for example, must not only be well versed in hearing screening systems, but also in genetic screening, as the new frontier of screening brings an amalgamation of these previously distinct systems.

Until now, for those working/studying in the domain of neonatal health, there has been no single, up-to-date, all-inclusive information source on newborn screening programs.

This title, by drawing on the knowledge of twenty clinical and research experts from varying fields, provides the only comprehensive text that details the entire collection of screening programs routinely delivered to newborns.

Beginning chapters outline preliminary information applicable to all screening systems, for instance, the history and principles of screening, ethical and economic debates, along with thorough description of the conditions routinely screened for. Following are highly detailed chapters dedicated to the specific neonatal screening programs currently in use, as well as complimenting chapters that provide future directions for each field. Additional discussion of topical issues, such as the incorporation of genetic counseling into screening programs, optimal communication with families, and the advent of integrated, non-discipline specific, national data systems, are contained in the final chapters.

This title assists the student in viewing their future neonatal clients as whole entities and in understanding the role of the other professionals with whom they shall closely interact. It allows the clinician to easily absorb the activities of screening programs on an international level, and the researcher to consider developments, outside of their immediate field, that may impact on their own research agenda. It allows the policymaker to make enlightened decisions concerning the development of newborn screening programs in their country. In fact, any reader with a rudimentary knowledge of pediatric health and an interest in newborn screening will find this title to be of invaluable worth.

Newborn Screening Systems-The Complete Perspective: Interview with Bradley McPherson, PhD
Douglas L. Beck, AuD, speaks with Dr. McPherson about his new book-Newborn Screening Systems: The Complete Perspective-as well as medical and genetic screenings, and more.

Read the interview here, or as PDF.
Interview republished with permission from the American Academy of Audiology. Copyright 2011


  • Ahmad Alexander, Doody's Review Service (2010):
    "This book would be helpful for any healthcare provider, researcher, or student interested in the care and management of pediatric patients. In comparison to other books on similar topics, this one is very detailed and does an exceptional job in its description and explanation of unique terms and issues that could possibly be wrongfully interpreted. It leaves no room for misunderstandings and provides readers with the essential tools for enhancing his or her skills in pediatric healthcare."

  • Carlie J. Driscoll, PhD, and Bradley McPherson, PhD, FAAA, Advances in Neonatal Care (February 2011):
    "The authors, along with numerous contributing authors, undertake the formidable task of explaining newborn screening systems and their place in the health care system. The authors are from Australia; however, they present international information as appropriate throughout the text. Easy to read and understand, the book is partitioned into 3 parts: general considerations, present and future screening systems, and associated information. Charts and text boxes throughout the chapters illuminate and simplify necessary information. Most chapters provide an extensive reference listing along with valuable and insightful knowledge. A rather comprehensive index makes it easy to locate desired data, and the glossary helps with clarification of terms."

Contributing Authors

  • Part I: General Considerations in Newborn Screening
    • Chapter 1: Newborn Screening: History, Principles and Analysis
      Carlie J. Driscoll & Bradley McPherson
    • Chapter 2: Screening from an Economic Viewpoint
      Robert J. Ruben
    • Chapter 3: The Ethics of Newborn Hearing Screening
      Rod G. Beattie
    • Chapter 4: Newborn Diseases and Disorders
      Paul B. Colditz & Michael J. Colditz
  • Part II: Newborn Screening Systems - Present and Future
    • Chapter 5: The Pediatrician’s Examination of the Newborn
      Ian A. Laing
    • Chapter 6: Newborn Hearing Screening
      Greg Leigh, Dunay Schmulian-Taljaard, & Zeffie Poulakis
    • Chapter 7: Improved Newborn Hearing Screening: Future Directions
      Gabriella Tognola, Alessia Paglialonga, & Ferdinando Grandori
    • Chapter 8: Newborn Dried Bloodspot Screening
      Bradford L. Therrell, Jr.
    • Chapter 9: Future Developments in Newborn Dried Bloodspot Screening
      Michael T. Gabbett
  • Part III: Beyond the Screening Test
    • Chapter 10: The Role of Genetic Counseling
      Madelyn M. Peterson
    • Chapter 11: Communicating with Parents
      David Luterman
    • Chapter 12: Information Management Systems for Newborn Screening
      Karl R. White, Les R. Schmeltz, & K. Todd Houston


About The Authors

Carlie Driscoll

Carlie Driscoll, PhD, is a lecturer in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has extensively taught/coordinated over 50 courses in pediatric, rehabilitative and clinical audiology. She has also designed audiology courses for the interprofessional education of medical and other allied health students. Her major fields of research include pediatric screening programs and diagnostic audiology, in which she has published over 30 scientific articles.

Bradley McPherson

Bradley McPherson, PhD, FAAA, is an Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Director of the Centre for Communication Disorders at the University of Hong Kong. He previously headed the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Queensland, Australia. One of his major research interests is hearing screening programs for disadvantaged children. He has assisted in the development of pediatric hearing healthcare programs worldwide, including Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and has published over 100 scientific journal articles and book chapters.

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