The FBDR disseminates non-confidential data through the Internet and reports. These reports include the routine compilation of rates, changing trends, and other findings and recommendations that are useful to public health officials and other parties interested in preventing birth defects and reducing morbidity and mortality. Professional medical education and technical training are essential to the completeness and accuracy of the FBDR. FBDR staff are trained in case ascertainment methodologies that involve linking various data sources, medical records abstracting, and case management. Licensed health care practitioners are educated about reporting requirements, prevention opportunities, and available services.
Birth Defects Monitoring Systems Are Vital ...
Public health surveillance of birth defects involves the regular and systematic collection and assessment of data on the occurrence of birth defects. With this data, we can learn where, when, and among whom these birth defects are occurring. Knowledge is the key to provide effective prevention programs and development of sound health policy, and provides the foundation for epidemiological studies into the causes of birth defects.
The Florida Birth Defects Registry (FBDR) helps identify excessive occurrences of birth defects and is the foundation for the epidemiological research needed to evaluate clusters. Reducing the human and economic costs of birth defects represents an important public health opportunity to improve the overall quality of life for all of Florida's families. The FBDR's objectives are: