Preschool Health Screening Programs

Effectiveness of Preschool Health and Developmental Screening Programs

This rapid review of the evidence aims to identify specific health and developmental conditions that can benefit from preschool screening programs. In particular, this rapid review explored the effectiveness of population-based, universal preschool screening programs for vision, hearing, and/or developmental conditions. Additionally, harms of screening, variations in screening tools, guidelines and recommendations were also assessed.

There is a wide variation in preschool screening programs, practices and tools being used across Canada and globally. The health system decision-makers in Newfoundland and Labrador will use findings from this rapid review to inform the development of an evidence-informed provincial policy, and standardize preschool screening programs and practices across the province.

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Commissioning Organization:

Newfoundland Health System


Project Type:

Knowledge Synthesis


Project Status:




Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

Project Lead:

Stephen Bornstein MA, PhD

Professor & Director, Newfoundland & Labrador Centre of Applied Health Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Project Team:

Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program, Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research, Memorial University


Rebecca Gokiert PhD, R. Psych

Assistant Director, Early Childhood Measurement and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Faculty of Extension

University of Alberta

Publications and Reports

Letto A, Bornstein S. (2018). Rapid Evidence Report: Preschool Screening: Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research, Memorial University. Full Report

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