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  1. L Bubbico1,
  2. A Greco2,
  3. G Tognola3,
  4. F Grandori3
  1. 1Department of Otolaryngology, Italian Institute of Social Medicine, Rome, Italy
  2. 2Department of Otolaryngology, University la Sapienza, Rome, Italy
  3. 3CNR Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Milan, Italy


The aim of this paper is to provide data on the degree of implementation and coverage of UNHS in Italy.

Data were collected through a Questionnaire that was sent to all Birthing Hospitals active in Italy in 2006.

Results revealed a quick diffusion of UNHS in Italy from 29.3% in 2003 to 48.4% in 2006. The majority of UNHS programs were implemented in the North West, 79.5%, and North East, 57.2%, while there remains a limited diffusion in some areas, typically in the Islands (11.3%).

Our results suggest that three conditions seem to play a crucial role in the implementation of UNHS in Italy: the size and location of the hospital, and the presence of an audiologist in the UNHS coordinating team.

Bubbico et al Percentage of newborn screened for hearing impairment and total number of births in 2006

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