Cystic fibrosis carrier screening in two New South Wales country towns.
SA Wake, CJ Rogers, PW Colley, EA Hieatt, CF Jenner, GM Turner
Med J Aust | Published : 1996
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of offering community testing for carrier status of delta F508, a gene mutation associated with cystic fibrosis (CF). DESIGN: Prospective pilot survey. SETTING: General practice, the two main high schools and workplaces in the country towns of Young and Harden (combined population, 14,940; with 7707 people aged 16-55 years) in New South Wales (NSW). PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 16 years and over. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of delta F508 carriers, test uptake rates, mode of learning about the testing, motivation for testing, retention of knowledge about CF, and test results and emotional effects of knowledge about carrier status. RESULTS: We tested 61..View full abstract