HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 32 no. 2 (2017)

Prevalence and Reasons for Non-Follow-Up of Newborns with “Refer” Results on Initial Hearing Screening

Kimberly Mae C. Ong, Md | Teresa Luisa G. Cruz, Md, Mhped | Precious Eunice R. Grullo, Md, Mph



Objective: To determine the prevalence rate of follow-up among infants who had a “refer” result
on initial newborn hearing screening and to identify reasons for default by parents or guardians.

Design: Cross-Sectional Study
Setting: Tertiary National University Hospital
Participants: 79 parents or guardians whose newborns obtained a “refer” result on initial hearing screening were interviewed over the phone.

Results: Among those babies who had a “refer” result on initial hearing screening, 51% followed up for repeat testing. The most common reasons for non-follow up by parents or guardians include being busy, distance from the hospital and baby’s health condition.

Conclusions: The follow-up rate in this study is higher compared to previous figures (27%), but isstill below target. The reasons for non-follow-up obtained suggest problems may exist on all levelsof the healthcare system. Appropriate solutions to address these problems should be explored.