Return of Results from Research Using Newborn Screening Dried Blood Samples

J Law Med Ethics. 2015 Fall;43(3):559-68. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12299.


There may be compelling reasons to return to parents a limited subset of results from research conducted using residual newborn screening dried blood samples (DBS). This article explores the circumstances under which research results might be returned, as well as the mechanisms by which state newborn screening programs might facilitate the return of research results. The scope of any responsibility to return results of research conducted using DBS should be assessed in light of the potential impact on the primary mission of state newborn screening programs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Disclosure / ethics*
  • Disclosure / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Dried Blood Spot Testing*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatal Screening / ethics*
  • Neonatal Screening / legislation & jurisprudence*