Women’s knowledge of and attitudes to first and second trimester screening for down’s syndrome

Sheila Mulvey, Euan M Wallace

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One hundred women were interviewed at their first hospital antenatal visit to assess their knowledge of, and attitudes to, first versus second trimester screening for Down’s syndrome. Overall, the women had limited knowledge of Down’s syndrome, and the prenatal screening and diagnostic tests that are available. However, when informed, the majority of women expressed a clear preference for first trimester screening tests for Down’s syndrome, regardless of the rate of miscarriage of Down’s syndrome pregnancies between 10 and 15 weeks of gestation. These findings have implications for the planning of prenatal Down’s syndrome screening programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1302-1305
Number of pages4
JournalBJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000

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