The effects of ethnicity, education and an informational video on pregnant women's knowledge and decisions about a prenatal diagnostic screening test

C. H. Browner, Mabel Preloran, Nancy A. Press

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    Abstract

    Prenatal screening for genetic disease and developmental disabilities is rapidly becoming a routine part of the management of low-risk pregnancies. Yet research on how to best inform pregnant women about these tests and their special ethical entailments remains sparse. We asked 130 low-risk pregnant women of diverse ethnic and social class backgrounds a series of questions about a prenatal test they had been offered within the previous 3 months. All had been given an informational booklet about the test at the time it was offered; about half also saw a video. We found that neither group of women retained much of the information they had received about the prenatal screening but that those who saw the video remembered more. Information-retention also varied significantly by ethnicity and level of education.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)135-146
    Number of pages12
    JournalPatient Education and Counseling
    Volume27
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 1996

    Keywords

    • Ethnicity and medical care
    • Prenatal diagnostic screening
    • Video instruction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)

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