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Views of Finnish doctors on fetal screening.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10826582     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the views of Finnish doctors concerning fetal screening. DESIGN: Anonymous, questionnaire survey conducted in 1996-1997. POPULATION: A representative sample of gynaecologists, paediatricians and general practitioners in Finland. Both leading doctors and ordinary practitioners were included. RESULTS: Most doctors said that serum screening for Down's syndrome and ultrasound screening for structural abnormalities should be available for all pregnant women. In response to more direct questions, doctors acknowledged many drawbacks to Down's serum screening, notably the worry due to false positives. Only a few were against abortion, and a fifth said fetal screening is partly based on a eugenic ideology. There were some differences between the different doctor groups, but the overall impression was of similarity rather than divergence, both between the different specialist groups, and by the position of the doctor (leading vs ordinary). CONCLUSIONS: Finnish doctors support current fetal screening, but many acknowledged resulting ethical, psychological, and social problems.
Authors:
E Hemminki; H Toiviainen; P Santalahti
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology     Volume:  107     ISSN:  1470-0328     ISO Abbreviation:  BJOG     Publication Date:  2000 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-05     Completed Date:  2000-06-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100935741     Medline TA:  BJOG     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  656-62     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM    
Affiliation:
National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, Health Services Research Unit, Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Down Syndrome / diagnosis
Ethics, Medical*
False Positive Reactions
Female
Fetus / abnormalities
Finland
Humans
Pregnancy
Prenatal Diagnosis*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal

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