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Aims: This qualitative study aims to describe parental experiences and examine how best to provide support after a prenatal diagnosis.
Results: Individual in-depth interviews were conducted with 102 women and men approximately six weeks post-diagnosis of fetal abnormality. Data were elicited using a narrative, chronological approach and women (n = 75) and a sample of male partners (n = 27) were separately interviewed. Thematic analysis, involving a rigorous process of qualitative coding,enabled iterative development and validation of emergent themes.Participants identiﬁed that the shock of the diagnosis can be lessened when good care is delivered, by provision of: clear, accurate and respectful communication; empathic, non-judgemental, professional support; timely access to further testing and appointments; seamless interactions with services and administration; appropriate choices about invasive testing; acknowledgment of the enormity and unexpected nature of the diagnosis, and of the subsequent decision-making challenges; and discussion of the myriad feelings likely to emerge throughout the process.
Conclusions: This study has demonstrated the importance of providing timely access to accurate information and supportive, non-judgemental care for women and their partners following prenatal diagnosis of a fetal abnormality.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2016|
- Fetal abnormality
- Prenatal diagnosis
- Termination of pregnancy
- 1 Finished
A longitudal study exploring women's experiences following a prenatal diagnosis of fetal abnormality
Fisher, J., Hodgson, J., Petersen, K. & Halliday, J.
1/01/12 → 31/12/14