|Title:||Using record linkage to investigate perinatal factors and neonatal thyroid-stimulating hormone|
|Authors:||Lain, Samantha J.|
Roberts, Christine L.
Jack, M M
Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, NSW Australia
|Publisher:||Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health|
|Citation:||The final version of this paper was published in: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: 2015 Jun;51(6):620-5. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12783.|
|Abstract:||Context: Studies examining the relationship between maternal and infant thyroid parameters have shown conflicting results. Record-linkage provides an opportunity to examine the association between maternal and infant thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Objective: To demonstrate the feasibility of record-linkage of newborn screening, laboratory, and birth databases for research by investigating the association between maternal and newborn TSH levels. Design: Record-linkage cohort study Setting and Participants: The records of 2,802 women with first trimester serum TSH concentrations were linked with population-based birth data and newborn screening data (NBS) containing infant TSH levels. Association between moderately high neonatal TSH levels (>5mlU/L) and maternal and infant characteristics were evaluated. The correlation and association between maternal and infant TSH levels were assessed using Pearson’s correlation coefficient and multivariable linear regression, respectively. Results: 99.3% of maternal and birth records linked with a NBS record. Mother’s country of birth, gestational age (>41 weeks) and lower birth weight were associated with neonatal TSH levels >5mlU/L. Neonatal and maternal first-trimester TSH levels were not correlated, although statistically significant (r=0.05, P=0.008). The association between neonatal TSH and maternal TSH, after adjusting for maternal age, gestational age and age at NBS testing, was also small ( =0.039, P=0.009). Conclusions: Record-linkage is a feasible and cost-efficient way to investigate the association between maternal factors and neonatal hormone levels. First trimester maternal thyroid levels are not correlated with neonatal TSH levels. This method of outcome assessment can be used for future research examining long term outcomes for infants with different newborn screening results.|
|Department/Unit/Centre:||Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, NSW Australia|
|Type of Work:||Article|
|Type of Publication:||Pre-print|
|Appears in Collections:||Healthy Start to Life|
|Lain_2014_Neonatal_TSH pilot.pdf||Article||549.43 kB||Adobe PDF|
Items in Sydney eScholarship Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.