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Decisions regarding pregnancy termination among Bedouin couples referred to third level ultrasound clinic.
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PMID:  9481563     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of parental decision whether to terminate a pregnancy after a diagnosis of a major congenital malformation in a traditional society. STUDY DESIGN: The Bedouin Arabs in southern Israel are a traditional society, with a high incidence of congenital disorders. Data were abstracted from medical records of 295 families who sought counseling in the third level ultrasound clinic between 1990 and 1996. Statistical analysis included univariate and multiple logistic regression. RESULTS: The diagnosis of a major malformation was confirmed in 64% of the cases. Pregnancy termination was a realistic option for 125 women (66.5%) as the rest were too advanced in their pregnancy. Such a delay was less common in cases of multiple malformations than in a single malformation (19.2% versus 39.0% respectively, P < 0.01). Forty-nine of the 125 women (39.2%) chose to terminate their pregnancy. The only significant predictors of termination decision were earlier gestational week at diagnosis and previous uncompleted pregnancies. CONCLUSIONS: These findings indicate the importance of promoting early genetic counseling and early prenatal diagnosis, for any population where abortions are not readily acceptable.
E Sheiner; I Shoham-Vardi; D Weitzman; J Gohar; R Carmi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  76     ISSN:  0301-2115     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  1998 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-26     Completed Date:  1998-03-26     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-6     Citation Subset:  E; IM; J    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Soroka Medical Center, Faculty of Health Science, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced*
Congenital Abnormalities / epidemiology,  ultrasonography*
Gestational Age
Logistic Models
Patient Participation
Pregnant Women*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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