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Attitudes towards prenatal diagnosis and termination of pregnancy for thalassaemia in pregnant Pakistani women in the North of England.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16475227     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: Most births of children affected with beta-thalassaemia major in the United Kingdom are to parents of Pakistani origin. A popular explanation for this is that Pakistanis decline termination of pregnancy on religious grounds. However, various factors influence people's attitudes towards prenatal diagnosis and termination of pregnancy, which have not been investigated in a UK Pakistani sample. This study is aimed at exploring the attitudes of pregnant Pakistani women towards prenatal diagnosis and termination of pregnancy for beta-thalassaemia major in the North of England. METHODS: Forty-three pregnant women tested for thalassaemia carrier status were interviewed following receipt of their test results. Interviews were analysed using the grounded theory approach. RESULTS: Findings showed: (1) women's awareness of and attitudes towards prenatal diagnosis; (2) the relationship between attitudes towards prenatal diagnosis and termination of an affected foetus; (3) the relationship between attitudes towards termination of pregnancy and religious beliefs, perceptions of severity of the condition, influence of significant others, and (4) the impact of gestational age at the time of the offer of termination of pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS: Pakistani women's attitudes towards prenatal diagnosis and termination of pregnancy are influenced by various factors, and therefore their religion should not be taken as a proxy for their attitudes either for or against termination of pregnancy.
Shenaz Ahmed; Josephine M Green; Jenny Hewison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prenatal diagnosis     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0197-3851     ISO Abbreviation:  Prenat. Diagn.     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-06     Completed Date:  2006-08-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106540     Medline TA:  Prenat Diagn     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  248-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Academic Unit of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9LT, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Eugenic / psychology*
Cultural Characteristics
Genetic Counseling
Genetic Testing
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Islam / psychology
Pakistan / ethnology
Pregnant Women / psychology*
Prenatal Diagnosis / psychology*
Religion and Medicine
Thalassemia / diagnosis*,  genetics

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