Implementation of Newborn Hearing Screening in Rizal, Philippines, and Northern California: Lessons Learned

  • Carlos Diego A. Rozul Research Implementation and Development Office, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila
  • Ernesto R. Gregorio Jr. Department of Health Promotion and Education, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1931-0458
  • Charlotte M. Chiong Department of Otorhinolarngology, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4503-9390
Keywords: universal newborn hearing screening program, Hearing for Life Project, health service delivery

Abstract

Objective. The universal newborn hearing screening program has been implemented in the Philippines for the past ten years. However, screening rates in the country are still low. The current study aimed to describe the universal newborn hearing screening program (UNHSP) delivery system in Rizal, Philippines, and Northern California.

Methods. The study utilized a case study research design using data triangulation of FGD, KII, and document review to characterize and compare the implementation of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program in Rizal Province and Northern California.

Results. Several differences were found in the protocols for newborn hearing screening in Rizal, Philippines, and Northern California, including centralization of the program, availability of surveillance data, screening protocols, and tracking system.

Conclusion. There is an immense need to disseminate universal newborn hearing screening among healthcare practitioners and create a system to monitor and evaluate real-time data.

Published
2021-08-20
Section
Articles

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