Publications and Reports
- Surveillance Data Reports
- Additional information on 12 selected birth defects: Minnesota Public Health Data Access
- Minnesota's Folic Acid Guidelines for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs)
- Annual Reports
- Validity of Hospital Discharge Data for Identifying Infants with Cardiac Defects
- Work Group Reports
This data report includes the case counts for 45 categories of birth defects for children born in 2006 through 2009. The data include infants born in Minnesota facilities to mothers residing in Minnesota at the time of birth.
Minnesota Public Health Data Access
Find data about public health and risk factors that impact public health at Minnesota Public Health Data Access, a web-based data access portal. The portal includes data on birth defects.
The Minnesota Department of Health's Birth Defects Program work collaboratively with a large group of physicians and public health experts to create guidelines for physicians to use as a tool in determining the correct dose of folic acid. The guidelines discuss special considerations that need to be taken into account when determining the correct amount of folic acid a woman needs daily. A reference manual with supporting documentation was also created.
- Minnesota's Folic Acid Guidelines for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) (PDF: 254KB/2 pages)
- Literature Reference Manual (PDF: 199KB/15 pages)
Effective March of 2005, the State of Minnesota statutory language (MS144.2215-2219) authorized the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to collect birth defect information. Annual reports will give updates on the data collected by the Birth Defects program as well as other program activities. These reports will be released on an annual basis.
- 2009 Annual Report [March 2012 Update] (PDF: 510KB/31 pages)
- 2008 Annual Report [June 2009] (PDF: 899KB/40 pages)
- 2007 Annual Report [May 2008] (PDF: 1368KB/38 pages)
- 2006 Annual Report [May 2007] (PDF: 1335KB/67 pages)
- 2005 Annual Report [June 2006] (PDF: 845KB/64 pages)
This study examined the validity of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes in discharge data for identifying infants with cardiac defects according to surveillance guidelines. ICD-9-CM codes from hospital discharge data identified most infants with cardiac defects, but many were false positives. ICD-9-CM codes were inaccurate for specific cardiac defects. See Journal of Perinatology Original Article
These reports reflect activities and data gathered prior to the implementation of the State of Minnesota statutory language (MS144.2215-2219). The reports include information on pilot studies and the implementation of a referral system.
- Review of Birth Defect Data Sets and Their Usefulness [May 2003] (PDF: 440KB/34 pages)
- Review of Birth Defect Data Sets and Their Usefulness, Part II: Pilot Studies [May 2004] (PDF: 86KB/26 pages)
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