Provision of screening for Down's syndrome

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.512b (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:512
  1. H S Cuckle,
  2. A R Ellis,
  3. J Seth
  1. Professor of reproductive epidemiology Institute of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN
  2. Scheme manager Scheme organiser Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 9YW

    EDITOR,--There are no official statistics on the extent or type of maternal serum screening for Down's syndrome. An ad hoc survey found that in 1991 one third of pregnancies in Britain were screened, less than half for multiple markers.1 We have obtained more recent data from the United Kingdom national external quality assessment scheme for screening for Down's syndrome.

    The primary purpose of the scheme is to monitor analytical and interpretive quality, and currently 78 laboratories participate. Although there is no legal requirement to join the scheme, participation is a condition …

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