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Attitudes of pregnant women regarding termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality.
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PMID:  20730784     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To study the attitudes of pregnant women towards termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was completed by all pregnant women attending routine ultrasound scan. They were asked whether they would opt for termination of the pregnancy in case the fetus was diagnosed with one of the following abnormalities: lethal anomaly, anomaly causing developmental delay, anomaly causing physical handicap, anomaly causing disfigurement and severe anomaly diagnosed after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Logistic regression analysis was used to examine the effect of a variety of demographic and socio-economic characteristics in their choices.
RESULTS: A total of 533 women completed the questionnaire out of which 447 (86%) would terminate the pregnancy in case of lethal fetal anomaly. The corresponding figures for anomaly causing developmental delay, anomaly causing physical handicap and anomaly causing disfigurement were 396 (77.8%), 332 (65.9%) and 228 (45.2%). A total of 313 (64.7%) would request late termination owing to severe anomaly. The only two statistically significant factors that influenced the maternal decision on pregnancy termination were religious beliefs and the frequency of practicing religious duties (p < 0.001).
CONCLUSION: The majority of pregnant women would terminate pregnancy for lethal fetal anomaly and for an anomaly causing mental or physical handicap, even in late pregnancy.
A P Souka; V D Michalitsi; H Skentou; H Euripioti; G K Papadopoulos; D Kassanos; I E Messinis; E E Salamalekis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prenatal diagnosis     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1097-0223     ISO Abbreviation:  Prenat. Diagn.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-29     Completed Date:  2011-01-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106540     Medline TA:  Prenat Diagn     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  977-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Third Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Attikon University Hospital, Athens, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Eugenic / psychology*
Attitude to Health*
Fetus / abnormalities*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Pregnant Women / psychology*
Prenatal Diagnosis / psychology*
Young Adult

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