Clinician follow-up of children screened for lead poisoning

Morri Markowitz, John F. Rosen, Isabella Clemente

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Objectives. This study assessed clinicians' compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for follow-up of children with blood lead (BPb) levels of 0.48 μmol/L (10 μg/dL) or higher. Methods. Clinicians success at follow-up was determined for 3 BPb ranges: ≥0.97 μmol/L, 0.73 through 0.92 μmol/L, and 0.48 through 0.68 μmol/L (≥20 μg/dL, 15-19 μg/dL, and 10-14 μg/dL, respectively). Results. A total of 410 children with elevated BPb levels were followed over a 12-month period; within 4 months, 71% of those with initial levels of 0.97 μmo/L or greater were retested and 57% and 34% of children with initial BPb levels of 0.73 through 0.92 μmol/L and 0.48 through 0.68 μmol/L, respectively, were retested. Conclusions. Follow-up of children with elevated BPb levels in inadequate within an urban ambulatory care network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1088-1090
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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