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The Current Status of Scoliosis Screening in North America, 1986: Results of a Survey by Mailed Questionnaire

ASHER, MARC, MD; BERINGER, GARY B., DrPH; ORRICK, JANICE, RN; HALVERHOUT, NANCY, MS

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In May, 1986, 374 questionnaires on the multiple aspects of school screening for scoliosis were mailed to health care professionals throughout North America. An overall response rate of 73% provided objective information about screening efforts. Results showed that although there is great variability among the programs, at least some screening is done in each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Previously widespread in Canada, only two Provinces currently are officially engaged in screening, Alberta (research projects only) and Prince Edward Island. The most common target population seems to be grades five through nine for both boys and girls. Lack of funding appears to be the largest factor hampering data collection. Although many varied comments and suggestions were received, most called for: 1) new recommendations for screening boys and girls at different grade levels; 2) quantitative referral criteria; 3) Improved data gathering: 4) statewide uniformity within programs; and 5) improved understanding within the medical community about indications for referral and the principles of scoliosis treatment

From the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

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