Presentation of screen negative results on serum screening for Down's syndrome: variations across Britain.
Journal - Journal of medical screening (ENGLAND )
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.
|ISSN : ||0969-1413|
|Mesh Heading : ||Down Syndrome Female Great Britain Humans Pregnancy Risk Factors|
|Mesh Heading Relevant : ||Communication blood diagnosis|