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J Med Screen. 1997;4(1):21-2.

Presentation of screen negative results on serum screening for Down's syndrome: variations across Britain.

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Psychology and Genetics Research Group, United Medical and Dental School of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To document current practice of communicating screen negative results to pregnant women undergoing a test for Down's syndrome.

SETTING:

169 British NHS hospital antenatal clinics currently offering multiple marker serum screening for Down's syndrome and giving results directly to women.

METHODS:

All 169 clinics were sent a letter asking about the method and form of communicating screen negative results.

RESULTS:

In only 29% of programmes were specific arrangements made to inform women of screen negative results, and in 5% these results were not given at all. Screen negative results were given as a verbal phrase in 44% of programmes, as a risk figure in 16% of programmes and as both in 40% of programmes.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results highlight a gap between screening policy guidelines and practice in the case of Down's syndrome serum screening.

PMID:
9200058
DOI:
10.1177/096914139700400108
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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