Suzanne B. Anjohrin

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CONTEXT Birth defects prevention, research, education, and support activities can be improved through surveillance systems that collect high-quality data. OBJECTIVE To estimate the overall and defect-specific accuracy of Florida Birth Defects Registry (FBDR) data, describe reasons for false-positive diagnoses, and evaluate the impact of statewide case(More)
INTRODUCTION The Florida Birth Defects Registry (FBDR) relies predominantly on a statewide, population-based, passive surveillance system constructed by linking together multiple administrative and clinical databases. With funding limitations and data restrictions a reality in public health, it is imperative for disease registries to have ongoing evaluation(More)
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a constellation of physiologic and neurobehavioral signs exhibited by newborns exposed to addictive prescription or illicit drugs taken by a mother during pregnancy. The number of hospital discharges of newborns diagnosed with NAS has increased more than 10-fold (from 0.4 to 4.4 discharges per 1,000 live births) in(More)
INTRODUCTION State-based surveillance programs play a key role in birth defects planning, prevention, education, support, and research activities. High-quality data are essential to all of these functions, and a key indicator of quality is timeliness. The Florida Birth Defects Registry (FBDR)-one of the largest population-based state registries in the(More)
BACKGROUND The 2003 revision of the U.S. Birth Certificate was restricted to birth defects readily identifiable at birth. Despite being the lone source of birth defects cases in some studies, we lack population-based information on the quality of birth defects data from the most recent revision of the birth certificate. METHODS We linked birth certificate(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the extent to which children with birth defects experience differential likelihood of various injuries and injury-related hospitalizations in early childhood. STUDY DESIGN The Florida Birth Defects Registry was used to identify infants born 2006-2010 with select birth defects. Injury matrices were used to detect injuries in(More)
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