Parental support for newborn screening for cystic fibrosis
To describe the attitudes among parents towards including cystic fibrosis (CF) in the newborn screening programme and towards the potential knowledge of their own carrier status. Methods:
A questionnaire with three to five response categories and an information leaflet was posted to 143 CF parents, 3 matched diabetes and 3 matched population parents, the response rate being 85%, 74% and 70%, respectively. Comparisons between groups were made with statistical tests for independent groups. Results:
Eighty-six percent of CF, 70% of diabetes and 77% of population parents were in favour of newborn screening for CF, 47%, 45% and 50%, respectively, wished to know their CF carrier status. The parental attitude was independent of the age of the child, as well as delay of diagnosis and well-being of the CF child at the time of diagnosis. Sixty percent of the CF parents experienced the diagnosis as delayed. Conclusion:
Parents in Sweden support CF newborn screening. Half of the parents wanted to know their CF carrier status.