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Maternal anxiety and satisfaction following infant hearing screening: a comparison of the health visitor distraction test and newborn hearing screening

Maternal anxiety and satisfaction following infant hearing screening: a comparison of the health visitor distraction test and newborn hearing screening

Crockett, Rachel, Baker, Holly, Uus, Kai, Bamford, John and Marteau, Theresa M. (2005) Maternal anxiety and satisfaction following infant hearing screening: a comparison of the health visitor distraction test and newborn hearing screening. Journal of Medical Screening, 12 (2). pp. 78-82. ISSN 0969-1413 (Print), 1475-5793 (Online) (doi:10.1258/0969141053908320)

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Abstract

Background: Newborn hearing screening is currently replacing the health visitor distraction test (HVDT) conducted at eight months. Our previous research indicates that recall for further tests following newborn hearing screening can have a negative impact on the emotional well being of mothers, but it is not known if this is greater than that caused by recall following the distraction test.

Objective: To compare the impact on maternal anxiety and satisfaction of recall following newborn hearing screening and the HVDT.

Methods: Four groups participated: 27 mothers of babies receiving a satisfactory result and 21 mothers of babies recalled after the HVDT 26 mothers of babies receiving a satisfactory result and 16 mothers of babies recalled after newborn hearing screening. Questionnaires assessing maternal anxiety, worry and certainty about the babies' hearing, satisfaction with and attitudes towards the screening test were sent to mothers three weeks and six months following screening.

Results: Comparison of the effects of receipt of different results showed no significant differences in maternal anxiety, worry and certainty between the two tests. Those mothers whose babies had a newborn hearing screening test were significantly more satisfied, regardless of the result received. Those who received a satisfactory result on the newborn hearing screening programme also had more positive attitudes towards that screening test than those receiving a satisfactory result following the HVDT.

Conclusion: These results suggest that newborn hearing screening does not have a more negative emotional impact than the HVDT.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published on behalf of the Medical Screening Society.
Uncontrolled Keywords: newborn hearing screening, health visitor distraction test, maternal anxiety
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Centre for Nursing & Healthcare Research
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:25
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10669

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