The Birth Defects Epidemiology & Surveillance program employs an active surveillance approach, which entails staff routinely visiting all hospitals and birthing centers where affected children are delivered or treated. Staff review logs to find potential cases, and medical records to identify those indicating one or more birth defects. They then abstract relevant information onto a form designed for this purpose. Information is abstracted from medical records on pregnancies with birth defects delivered to residents of Texas and includes birth defect diagnoses; medical tests and procedures; gestational age; delivery information; illnesses, complications, maternal exposures; demographic information. All information is held in strict confidence in accordance with state and federal privacy laws. We also collaborate with researchers in finding causes of birth defects, working towards prevention and linking families with services.
Texas Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
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