What parents want to know about the storage and use of residual newborn bloodspots

Jeffrey R. Botkin, Erin Rothwell, Rebecca A. Anderson, Aaron Goldenberg, Miriam Kuppermann, Siobhan M. Dolan, Nancy C. Rose, Louisa Stark

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Many state newborn screening programs retain residual newborn screening bloodspots for a variety of purposes including quality assurance, biomedical research, and forensic applications. This project was designed to determine the information that prospective parents want to know about this practice. Eleven focus groups were conducted in four states. Pregnant women and their partners and parents of young children (N=128) were recruited from the general public. Focus group participants viewed two educational movies on newborn screening and DBS retention and use. Transcripts were analyzed with qualitative methods and the results were synthesized to identify key information items. We identified 14 categories of information from the focus groups that were synthesized into seven items prospective parents want to know about residual DBS. The items included details about storage, potential uses, risks and burdens, safeguards, anonymity, return of results, and parental choice. For those state programs that retain residual dried bloodspots, inclusion of the seven things parents want to know about residual dried bloodspots in educational materials may improve parental understanding, trust, and acceptance of the retention and use of stored bloodspots.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2739-2744
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Dried bloodspots
  • Education
  • Newborn screening
  • Public health
  • Research


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