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California Biobank Program

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GDSP Available Datadatasheet 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Genetic Disease Screening Program (GDSP) runs two statewide screening programs for genetic and heritable conditions, the Newborn Screening (NBS) and the Prenatal Screening Program (PNS).

  • The Newborn Screening Program tests all babies born in the State for multiple disorders. Available data includes patient demographic data, analyte values for the screening tests as performed, determination of screen positive or screen negative status, and resolution of positive results as true or false positive. Newborn screening data are available from 1982 on.  Further information can be found on the Newborn Screening Program website: Newborn Screening.
  • The Prenatal Screening Program is offered to pregnant women before the 20th week of gestation. A maternal blood specimen is analyzed for multiple analytes then interpreted for risk for the screening disorders. Available data includes patient demographic data, analyte values for the screening tests as performed, determination of screen positive or screen negative status. Prenatal screening data are available from 1995 on. Further information can be found on the Prenatal Screening Program website: Prenatal Screening.
  • Screening data are linked to Vital Records data on births, deaths and fetal deaths. Further details can be found at the Vital Records website:  Vital Records.

CBDMP Available Data

 The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program (CBDMP) Registry actively reviews medical records to identify and describe major structural and chromosomal defects in a subset of California's population.  Information on birth defects is collected for the first year of life from multiple sources including hospitals, laboratories and genetic centers.  CBDMP reports current rates and occurrence patterns concerning factors such as race, ethnicity, geographic region, type of defect, mother's age, single and multiple births.  For more information about the CBDMP registry datasets please contact CBDMP.

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