Screening babies for hip dislocation is not effective

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1261
  1. Louise McKee
  1. Cambridge

    A working party of the Medical Research Council is calling for formal evaluation of the UK neonatal screening programme for congenital dislocation of the hip after its research questioned the effectiveness of the current policy.

    The working party established a national orthopaedic surveillance scheme and found that the incidence of a first operation for congenital dislocation of the hip in the United Kingdom was 0.78 per 1000 live births. But congenital dislocation of the hip had not been detected by routine screening in …

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