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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Evaluation of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening in Japan: An Analysis of the Literature

Okubo, S., Takahashi, M., et al. (2005).
Nippon Koshu Eisei Zasshi, 52(11), 928-933.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a systematic review of controlled trials and observational studies investigating screening with OAE or ABR in the neonatal population in Japan and the effects of intervention after early identification.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Neonates in Japan

Intervention/Assessment: Screening using otoacoustic emissions or auditory brainstem response equipment.

Number of Studies Included: 13

Years Included: Not stated



"The utility of UNHS in Japan is still inconclusive because of the lack of best practice standards to assess the clinical markers for distinction between impaired and normal hearing. Our results highlight the need for assessment of the accuracy of screening and the effectiveness of early detection…." (p. 931)

Keywords: Hearing Loss, Deafness, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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