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Ulster Med J. 2010 Jan;79(1):12-5.

Current trends in Antenatal Screening Services: Results from a regional survey.

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  • 1School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast 21 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EF.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify variations in current antenatal screening programmes across one region and compare results with a previous survey.

DESIGN:

A cross section descriptive survey.

SETTING:

All maternity units within the region of Northern Ireland.

SAMPLE:

Eleven maternity units were invited and ten agreed to participate.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The number of written policies for individual screening tests; the range of screening tests offered; the frequency of training opportunities for health professionals; and the information systems in place to record data.

RESULTS:

There is variation in service provision across maternity units and, in particular, inconsistency in the offer of serum screening tests for Down syndrome. A lack of training opportunities for health professionals involved in offering screening was highlighted, and no common information system employed.

CONCLUSION:

While improvements have been made since 2002, variations persist. This is leading to inequalities in the provision of antenatal screening services across Northern Ireland.

KEYWORDS:

Antenatal screening; policy; survey

PMID:
20844725
PMCID:
PMC2938996
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