Prevalence of Ambivalence Regarding Prenatal Testing
This study will examine how women think and feel about prenatal testing (amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling), how those thoughts and feelings change over time, and how they contribute to the decision whether or not to undergo prenatal testing.
Prenatal diagnostic testing is offered to pregnant women at increased risk of carrying a baby affected with a genetic or chromosomal abnormality. Although these tests are well established, standard-of-care procedures, much remains unknown about how best to ensure that women make decisions about whether or not to undergo testing that are consistent with their beliefs and values. This study will explore the extent to which women are ambivalent about prenatal testing and determine how they might benefit from counseling aimed at improving the quality of their decision-making.
Women 18 years of age and older who are scheduled for a prenatal genetics visit at clinics in Baltimore, MD; Minneapolis, MN; Binghamton, NY; Salt Lake City, UT; Washington, DC; and Bellevue, WA, and are at increased risk for having a baby with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) may be eligible for this study.
Participants complete two short questionnaires and a telephone interview about their thoughts and feelings regarding prenatal testing. The first two surveys examine the women's thoughts and feelings before and after prenatal counseling. Both are completed at the prenatal clinic-one before and one after the counseling session. The third survey is done by telephone a few weeks after the prenatal visit to find out if the participant did or did not have prenatal testing and learn about her thoughts and feelings regarding her decision.
|Official Title:||Facilitating Informed for Prenatal Testing: The Role of Ambivalence|
|Study Start Date:||December 17, 2004|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 10, 2007|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00342069
|United States, District of Columbia|
|Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States, 20007-2197|
|United States, Maryland|
|Johns Hopkins University|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205|
|United States, Minnesota|
|Abbott Northwestern Hospital|
|Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55407|
|United States, New York|
|Genetic Counsel Program|
|Binghamton, New York, United States, 13905|
|United States, Utah|
|University of Utah|
|Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84112|
|United States, Washington|
|Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine|
|Bellevue, Washington, United States, 98004|