An effective medical screening program provides presumptive identification
of individuals with unrecognized disease by applying rapid and simple tests
or examinations to differentiate asymptomatic persons who probably have a
disease from those who do not. The article in this issue of THE JOURNAL by
Yawn and colleagues1 questions the effectiveness
of routine scoliosis screening in the school setting. Twenty-six states have
laws that mandate scoliosis screening, and other states without such laws
may still provide state-supported screening programs or have screening programs
conducted voluntarily in communities by local agencies. States with scoliosis
screening activities will need to reevaluate the effectiveness of this screening
and determine whether any changes in screening activities are needed. In those
states that do mandate screening, the decisions are more meaningful and any
changes will require more effort. Individual physicians and the organizations
that represent them can be instrumental in assisting states with this decision-making
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