95% of women in England not screened for sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia by 10 week targetBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39503.586030.DB (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:468
- Susan Mayor
Most women fail to receive antenatal screening for sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia within the recommended time of 10 weeks, a study of general practice in England has found (British Journal of General Practice 2008;58:154-9). This indicates that screening may often occur too late to allow couples a choice regarding termination of affected fetuses.
The study assessed antenatal screening for the two inherited disorders in all pregnancies reported in at least a six month period in 25 general practices of two inner city primary care trusts. They both had about 40% of their populations from minority ethnic groups and ranked among the most deprived …