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Maternal serum screening for Down syndrome: a survey of pregnant women's views.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11789548     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to assess women's self-reported awareness of Down syndrome before they became pregnant and after they were supposedly informed about screening. We investigated their understanding of the purpose of screening and what a high statistical risk for Down syndrome means, and if there was a high statistical risk whether they would undergo amniocentesis. METHODS: Pregnant women (n=274) ranging from 17 to 43 years of age, with different educational backgrounds, were surveyed by means of a questionnaire which was given to them immediately before blood samples were taken. RESULTS: Women without a college education were significantly less likely then those with a college education to be aware of Down syndrome prior to pregnancy. Many of them reported being unaware of it even after they had been counseled and tested. Women with a lower level of education were also significantly less likely to have a clear understanding of purpose of screening. Fewer than 0.7% of women who were tested said they were not prepared to undergo amniocentesis, and 47.1% said they would consider amniocentesis only after receiving the screening test result. CONCLUSION: Procedures for education women prior to maternal screening must be provided.
J Paravic; B Brajenovic-Milic; D Tislaric; M Kapovic; A Botica; V Jurcan; S Milotti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community genetics     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1422-2795     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Genet     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-11     Completed Date:  2002-01-15     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9810770     Medline TA:  Community Genet     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  109-12     Citation Subset:  E    
Department of Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Rijeka.
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MeSH Terms
Down Syndrome*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Prenatal Diagnosis*
Socioeconomic Factors

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