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About the FBDR

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 ...

  • For tracking and detecting trends in birth defects.
  • For identifying when and where birth defects can possibly be prevented.
  • For providing the basis for studies on the genetic and environmental causes of birth defects.
  • For planning and evaluating the impact of efforts to prevent birth defects.
  • For helping Florida's families whose infants and children need appropriate medical, educational and social services.

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:

  1. To determine the statewide birth prevalence of birth defects using a methodology that links multiple data sources and augments surveillance with medical record abstraction
  2. To identify birth defects "clusters" and areas of higher than expected incidence of birth defects
  3. To conduct surveillance on birth defects trends in the state and evaluate possible association of birth defects with exposure to areas containing environmental hazards
  4. To promote scientific collaboration and epidemiological studies to determine possible causes of birth defects including exposure to environmental hazards, genetic factors, occupational hazards, diet, maternal illness, drugs, and personal behaviors
  5. To promote scientific collaboration for the prevention of birth defects including educational and technical training seminars multiple service agencies

Information presented does not constitute medical diagnosis or health care advice. Please see a healthcare professional for individual information.