Swedish University Students' Opinion Regarding Information About Soft Markers
2016 (English)In: Journal of Genetic Counseling, ISSN 1059-7700, E-ISSN 1573-3599, Vol. 25, no 1, 146-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to investigate the opinions of Swedish university students about information regarding soft markers, when observed at second trimester ultrasound screening. A cross-sectional survey, where 85 Swedish university students completed a study specific questionnaire containing eleven hypothetical scenarios, involving various parameters (disease/syndromes/malformations with different characteristics), and location of the markers. Almost all participants indicated that they would wish to be informed, prior to the ultrasound examination, about the assessment and significance of soft markers. However, the number of respondents who requested information about a potential actual finding was considerably less. Several participants wanted to be informed about detected markers associated to serious conditions but not when the marker indicated an increased risk for a treatable disease. Also, the specific location of the marker was of importance to the participants. The majority of respondents wished to be informed about the soft markers if they were observed in the heart or the brain of the foetus, compared to if they were located in the intestine or the skeleton. The students' opinion, in this study, implicate the importance of pre-examination information to enable expectant parents to make informed choice regarding the second trimester ultrasound screening as well as on reciving information of actual findings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 25, no 1, 146-156 p.
Presumptive parents'; University students; Information request; Soft markers; Ultrasound examination; Second trimester; Informed decision
Other Medical Sciences Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267847DOI: 10.1007/s10897-015-9852-6ISI: 000368707400016PubMedID: 26163102OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267847DiVA: diva2:874567