Hip screening: are health visitors adequately prepared?

B. Trainor, P. Haugh, George Kernohan, RAB Mollan

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Developmental dysplasia of the hip is a crippling disorder, causing early arthritis if left undetected. In Northern Ireland health visitors routinely screen infants' hips at specific intervals up to pre-school age. The screening tests used appear simple but involve a high degree of skill in order to identify abnormality. A video study of three health visitors found that their performance was poor, but a marked improvement was noted after a period of specialised training. Bernadette Trainor et al suggest that more initial training and post-qualification update sessions are necessary to support health visitors in this role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-301
Number of pages3
JournalHealth Visitor
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Sept 1994


  • Congenital abnormality
  • Dislocation
  • hip-dysplasia


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