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Aspects psychologiques du dépistage de la trisomie 21 par les marqueurs sériques

Abstract : Objective : Estimate psychological impact of maternal serum screening for Down syndrome, by evaluating causes and consequences of such an approach, while suggesting some keypoints to improve pregnant women's experience.

Methods : A review of literature has been carried out by using quantitative studies dealing with first of all the psychological aspects of screening for Down syndrome, stretching as far back as last decade.

Results : antenatal screening makes women anxious indeed anguished about their child's health, and about the idea of death at the premise of live when anomaly is detected. Insufficient or inadequate information, poor understanding of the procedure and its stakes, passive participation to screening test without real free choice, are some of the contributing factors to women's anxiety.

Conclusion : Management and support are essential, while ensuring clear, precise impartial and appropriate information in order to live her the choice, request of screening without pressured consent. To preserve the patient's autonomy is essential, notably in favoring the pregnant woman's freedom of decision to the benefit of systematic screening.

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Jessica Verschuère. Aspects psychologiques du dépistage de la trisomie 21 par les marqueurs sériques. Gynécologie et obstétrique. 2011. ⟨dumas-00664667⟩



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