Author(s): Marteau TM
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Abstract There are now several well-documented psychological problems associated with prenatal testing programmes. These include poor understanding of tests undergone or declined, anxiety following false positive results, and false reassurance in those receiving negative test results. There is, as yet, little evidence concerning how to provide services to circumvent these. The focus of this review is upon just one of these problems: how best to inform women about prenatal testing and their reproductive options following the diagnosis of a fetal abnormality. Possible methods of improving informed decision-making either about whether to undergo testing or whether to terminate an affected pregnancy are described drawing upon research from antenatal and other health care areas. Future challenges for clinical practice and research in this area concern the range of conditions and predispositions for which prenatal testing with the option of termination should be offered.
This article was published in Prenat Diagn
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics