Evaluation of the national health policy of thalassaemia screening in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

@article{Ghotbi2005EvaluationOT,
  title={Evaluation of the national health policy of thalassaemia screening in the Islamic Republic of Iran.},
  author={Nader Ghotbi and Toshiaki Tsukatani},
  journal={Eastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de sante de la Mediterranee orientale = al-Majallah al-sihhiyah li-sharq al-mutawassit},
  year={2005},
  volume={11 3},
  pages={308-18}
}
We reviewed the medical and economic burden of thalassaemia major with emphasis on prenatal diagnosis for disease prevention as the most economic health care policy approach. The current programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran screens couples just before marriage, identifies carriers and refers them for genetic counselling. We searched the current literature for a refined model and enquired into compliance issues in interviews with physicians, couples and families with affected children. The… CONTINUE READING

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