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Preferences and expectations among Polish women regarding prenatal screening

Przemyslaw Kosinski, Jose Carlos PB Ferreira, Michal Lipa, Martyna Kajurek, Karolina Kurlenko, Paulina Michalska, Miroslaw Wielgos
DOI: 10.5603/GP.2019.0094
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Pubmed: 31588553
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Ginekol Pol 2019;90(9):544-548.

open access

Vol 90, No 9 (2019)
ORIGINAL PAPERS Obstetrics
Published online: 2019-09-30

Abstract

Objectives: Patients’ attitudes and expectations of prenatal screening for genetic abnormalities throughout pregnancy are rarely analyzed by researchers as emotions and fears are both important and challenging factors. Prenatal counselling has never been so difficult as we live in the era of detailed ultrasound scans, cell-free fetal DNA and detailed microarray testing. The aim of this study was to investigate Polish women’s attitudes towards screening for chromosomal abnormalities and fetal defects. 

Material and methods: The study was a prospective survey conducted among a population of Polish women. An electronic questionnaire regarding prenatal diagnostics was distributed to a total number of 1072 female volunteers. 

Results: 1044 patients (97.30%) stated that they were motivated to undergo prenatal diagnostics and would want to be informed about fetal abnormalities. Over 90% of the respondents would want to be informed about serious defects with a high mortality rate (including trisomy 13 or 18). More than half the Polish women (54.83%) stated they were willing to consider terminating pregnancy in the case of a severe abnormality. 

Conclusions: Polish women expect prenatal screening. Almost all Polish women would want to be informed about both genetic and anatomical abnormalities and over half of them would consider terminating pregnancy in the case of a severe abnormality. Willingness to learn about a defect increased with average household income, and the statement of a will to terminate pregnancy depended mostly on maternal age and type of fetal abnormality.

Abstract

Objectives: Patients’ attitudes and expectations of prenatal screening for genetic abnormalities throughout pregnancy are rarely analyzed by researchers as emotions and fears are both important and challenging factors. Prenatal counselling has never been so difficult as we live in the era of detailed ultrasound scans, cell-free fetal DNA and detailed microarray testing. The aim of this study was to investigate Polish women’s attitudes towards screening for chromosomal abnormalities and fetal defects. 

Material and methods: The study was a prospective survey conducted among a population of Polish women. An electronic questionnaire regarding prenatal diagnostics was distributed to a total number of 1072 female volunteers. 

Results: 1044 patients (97.30%) stated that they were motivated to undergo prenatal diagnostics and would want to be informed about fetal abnormalities. Over 90% of the respondents would want to be informed about serious defects with a high mortality rate (including trisomy 13 or 18). More than half the Polish women (54.83%) stated they were willing to consider terminating pregnancy in the case of a severe abnormality. 

Conclusions: Polish women expect prenatal screening. Almost all Polish women would want to be informed about both genetic and anatomical abnormalities and over half of them would consider terminating pregnancy in the case of a severe abnormality. Willingness to learn about a defect increased with average household income, and the statement of a will to terminate pregnancy depended mostly on maternal age and type of fetal abnormality.

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Keywords

genetics; prenatal counselling; ultrasound

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Title

Preferences and expectations among Polish women regarding prenatal screening

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 90, No 9 (2019)

Pages

544-548

Published online

2019-09-30

DOI

10.5603/GP.2019.0094

Pubmed

31588553

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2019;90(9):544-548.

Keywords

genetics
prenatal counselling
ultrasound

Authors

Przemyslaw Kosinski
Jose Carlos PB Ferreira
Michal Lipa
Martyna Kajurek
Karolina Kurlenko
Paulina Michalska
Miroslaw Wielgos

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