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
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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