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Prevention of Disabilities

Aren’t We Way Overdue to Review and Update the Birth Certificate?

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Aren’t we way overdue to review and update the data collected on the U.S. Standard Birth Certificate considering advances in medicine and medical reporting?

This is a call to establish a new review panel to develop an updated revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth to more effectively collect data for a more scientific approach for the purpose of preventing disability.

This Prevention Report is a call for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a new review panel including medical professionals and researchers to develop an updated revision of the current U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth (last revised 2003) to more effectively collect vital, statistical data from before, during and after birth for a more scientific approach for the purpose of preventing disability.

DHHS, CDC, and NCHS, have done a remarkable job with past data from the standard certificate of live birth, however, the last review of the standard was 13 years ago.

(1) The U.S. Standard Certificate has been reviewed and updated every 10-15 years for the past century.

(2) As advances in medicine and birthing standards change at more rapid rate, 10 years is a long time to wait for change. The data collected on the standard is vague and not in sync with the rapid advances in medicine for today’s research needs.

(3) 13 years has seen unprecedented use of computers to store patient information and medical reporting. The data collected for the birth certificate could be far more specific and therefore useful for research.

What other road blocks in collecting data for research do we face to find the causes of Developmental Disabilities so we might prevent disability?

If you have information about the prevention of disability, please comment or send us an e-mail.

New Horizons Un-Limited invites you to visit our Report on the Prevention of Disabilities which focuses on the prevention of Developmental Disabilities.


References

(1) U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth, 11/2003, <http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/birth11-03final-ACC.pdf> (02 December 2014).

(2) CDC/NCHS/NVSS Vital Certificate Revisions, “2003 Revisions of the U.S. Standard Certificates of Live Birth and Death and the Fetal Death Report” (Atlanta, GA July 17, 2012) pp. 1-4 <http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vital_certificate_revisions.htm> (26 August 2014).

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