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Psychological aspects of amniocentesis: anxiety feelings in three different risk groups.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2966023     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A review of the literature about parents' experiences with amniocentesis is given in the first part of this paper. In the second part the results of a follow-up study in Belgium are presented. Three groups of women who had amniocentesis performed because of advanced maternal age, a previous child with Down syndrome or a previous child with neural tube defect, respectively, were interviewed at home about their experiences. Anxiety feelings were different between groups but also showed considerable variation within each group. The overall psychological evaluation of the procedure was positive, so that the majority of the women would opt for amniocentesis in a subsequent pregnancy and would recommend it to others. Later follow-up contact by mailed questionnaire revealed that almost all women elected for their subsequent pregnancies to be monitored by amniocentesis.
G Evers-Kiebooms; A Swerts; H van den Berghe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical genetics     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0009-9163     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Genet.     Publication Date:  1988 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-05-31     Completed Date:  1988-05-31     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0253664     Medline TA:  Clin Genet     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  196-206     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Human Genetics, K. U. Leuven, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Amniocentesis / psychology*
Anxiety / psychology*
Down Syndrome / prevention & control,  psychology*
Follow-Up Studies
Maternal Age
Neural Tube Defects / prevention & control,  psychology*
Pregnancy, High-Risk
Risk Factors

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