Factors Predicating Loss to Follow-Up With Rescreening in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs

Wendy Zeitlin, Charles Auerbach, Susan Mason, Lynn Spivak, Andrew Erdman

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Abstract

Most infants born in the United States are screened for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs; however, many infants who do not pass their screening do not return for recommended rescreening and are considered lost to follow-up (LTF). This research addresses this by examining factors related to LTF at the point of rescreening. A prospective longitudinal study tracked 166 families whose newborns were referred for additional testing upon hospital discharge. Analysis identified two factors related to being LTF: parents’ perceptions of hearing loss as having the potential to impact their child’s future and maternal depression; however, social support moderated the impact of maternal depression. Specific implications for working with families is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-223
Number of pages11
JournalFamilies in Society
Volume100
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • development across the lifespan
  • disabilities/rehabilitation
  • hearing screening
  • infants/children
  • methods and analytics
  • quantitative research
  • structural modeling equation
  • subjects of practice
  • subjects of practice

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