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Type: Journal article
Title: Universal antenatal group B streptococcus screening? The opinions of obstetricians and neonatologists within Australia
Author: McLaughlin, K.
Crowther, C.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2000; 40(3):338-340
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 0004-8666
Abstract: Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the leading infectious cause of morbidity and mortality in Australian newborns. Although intrapartum chemoprophylaxis is recommended to reduce the risk of neonatal GBS transmission and disease, controversy exists as to the best method to select women 'at risk' for this treatment. Our study aimed to survey the opinions of obstetricians and neonatologists currently in practice in Australia on GBS screening and treatment. Of the 488 obstetricians and 68 neonatologists currently in practice who responded to the survey, 271 obstetricians (56%) and 40 neonatologists (61%) supported universal antenatal screening. Of those respondents who did not support a universal antenatal screening policy, 196 (93%) and 24 (92%) of the obstetricians and neonatologists respectively, supported antenatal screening based on risk factors. This diversity in practitioner opinion highlights the lack of certainty in the literature as to the best management strategy to prevent neonatal GBS sepsis.
Keywords: Humans
Streptococcus agalactiae
Streptococcal Infections
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Mass Screening
Prenatal Care
Health Care Surveys
Confidence Intervals
Attitude of Health Personnel
Infant, Newborn
Practice Patterns, Physicians'
DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2000.tb03345.x
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