Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening activities of state health agencies: A survey

George C. Cunningham, Kenneth W. Kizer

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Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) screening has been demonstrated to be cost-effective on a population basis and is becoming standard practice. The American Society of Human Genetics has twice published policy statements to define the essential elements of a quality screening program. The present study reviewed the impact of these policy statements on state public-health agencies with respect to regulation or provision of MSAFP screening in their jurisdictions. With a few exceptions, states have not elected to play a major role in provision or regulation of this test. There is need to address issues of funding, standards, and data collection in a collaborative effort, if policy statements on genetic services are to be translated into effective state population screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)899-903
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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