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Study of the Experiences and Needs of Parents Continuing a Pregnancy Following a Prenatal Diagnosis of Holopresencephaly

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00005016
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 10, 2002
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

This study will examine the experiences of parents who decided to continue a pregnancy after receiving a prenatal diagnosis of holopresencephaly (HPE). HPE results from a genetic defect that can cause facial abnormalities such as cleft lip and cleft palate, learning disabilities, muscle weakness, problems with digestion, sleep and muscle control, and other disabilities. The severity of symptoms varies greatly among affected children.

Parents whose child was diagnosed before birth with HPE may be eligible for this study. It involves a one-time interview that takes from about 45 to 60 minutes. The interview is conducted either in person or by telephone and consists of three parts, as follows:

  1. The experience of receiving the diagnosis of HPE during the pregnancy < includes general questions such as when and how HPE was diagnosed, what kind of information the parent received, the parent's reaction to the diagnosis, what genetic counseling, if any, the parents received, and so forth.
  2. Emotional and informational needs < includes questions about the parent's specific emotional and informational needs from the time of diagnosis until the baby's birth, and the parent's reactions to support that was given.
  3. Questionnaire < includes questions about the parent and his or her child, such as the parent's age, gender, marital status, and religious background, the child's age, gender, medical problems, and so forth. The questionnaire will be completed verbally for telephone interviews and in writing for in-person interviews. The interview will be tape-recorded and will be kept confidential.

Information from this study will provide health professionals, including genetic counselors, more effective strategies for helping other parents who face similar prenatal diagnoses.

Condition or disease

Detailed Description:

Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is a condition that when found prenatally offers parents a poor but often uncertain prognosis for their baby. Parents that continue the pregnancy given this diagnosis are left to endure the remainder of the pregnancy and the ambiguity involved in this highly variable condition. Previous studies have examined the psychological and social impact of prenatal diagnosis on parents and the outcomes of the pregnancy in conditions such as Down syndrome and sex chromosome abnormalities. Because the majority of parents receiving abnormal prenatal information terminate their pregnancies, most studies have focused on these parents' experiences, specifically the mothers'. However, little is known about the experiences of parents (both fathers and mothers) continuing a pregnancy given abnormal prenatal information especially in highly variable conditions such as HPE.

In this study, the experiences and needs of parents who received the diagnosis of HPE prenatally will be explored. Study participants will be drawn from several sites that include an existing molecular diagnostic protocol for HPE at the University of Pennsylvania, clinical patients seen at the University of Michigan, HPE family resources, and an upcoming conference on HPE to be held in April of 2000. Through semi-structured interviews, fathers and mothers of children with HPE who were diagnosed prenatally will be asked to talk individually about their experiences of receiving the diagnosis and continuing with the pregnancy. Their perceived informational, emotional and supportive needs at that time will be explored. In addition, their thoughts on the health care professionals' role in meeting these needs will be discussed. A brief questionnaire following the interview will gather quantitative data to serve as descriptors of the population and to help interpret the qualitative findings. The questionnaire includes demographic questions as well as a scale measuring tolerance for ambiguity and questions regarding the parent's perceived severity of their child's diagnosis of HPE.

Interviews will be analyzed qualitatively through thematic analysis. Specifically, recurring themes that emerge from interview transcripts will be analyzed for content and patterns. In addition, descriptive statistics will be applied to the questionnaire data and will be used to aid in the interpretation of the qualitative findings. An exploration of the experiences and needs of fathers and mothers who receive the diagnosis of HPE prenatally will offer a better understanding for health care professionals, specifically genetic counselors, regarding their role in working with parents continuing a pregnancy given prenatal information about a fetal anomaly.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 30 participants
Official Title: The Experiences and Needs of Parents Continuing a Pregnancy Following Abnormal Prenatal Results: The Case of Holoprosencephaly
Study Start Date : March 2000
Study Completion Date : February 2001

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Parents, both fathers and mothers, of a child with HPE if they received their child's diagnosis of HPE prenatally either through ultrasound or prenatal testing such as CVS or amniocentesis.

Must have continued pregnancy after HPE diagnosis.

Must be over the age of 18.

Will not be excluded on the basis of single-parent status or of refusal of one parent to participate.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00005016

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United States, Maryland
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00005016     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 000104
First Posted: December 10, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
Last Verified: March 2000

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Fetal Anomaly
Genetic Counseling
Prenatal Diagnosis
Psychosocial Issues

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Agenesis of Corpus Callosum
Craniofacial Abnormalities
Musculoskeletal Abnormalities
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Nervous System Malformations
Nervous System Diseases
Abnormalities, Multiple
Congenital Abnormalities
Chromosome Disorders
Genetic Diseases, Inborn