Couples' experiences of an extended information visit about prenatal screening: decision making and satisfaction
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
The overall aim of this thesis was to describe pregnant women's and partners' views and experiences on early prenatal screening with the combined test, with special focus on the two-step information model.
Interviews were performed with 15 couples who had taken part in the extended information visit about prenatal screening, describing their perceptions of the information model (I) and ten couples or women of those, for a follow-up interview exploring their decision-making process (II). Seven couples, who had not taken part in the extended information visit, were interviewed describing their views and experiences about prenatal screening (III). A questionnaire was answered by 295 women and by 223 partners about their satisfaction about the decision whether or not to participate in the combined test, and their assessment of whether or not this choice had been difficult (IV).
The results showed that different opinions were expressed about the offer of the extended information visit. The separate visit was welcomed by most couples (I). The decision-making process regarding whether to take part in the test or not was described by most couples as a fairly straightforward decision, while for others it was a more complex process that required a great deal of consideration (II). An apprehension of the test, by some of those who had refrained the extended information visit, was that it was an expression of society's involvement in decisions that belong to the expectant parents (III). Ninety-three percent of both women and partners considered the decision about participating in the combined tests as uncomplicated, and well over 90%, of both women and partners were satisfied with their decision (IV).
The conclusions in this thesis, are that the decision whether or not to participate in the combined test is multidimensional and influenced by different views. The two-step information model helped the pregnant woman and the partner to make a decision in a fairly straightforward process or a more complex process with mixed feelings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university , 2014. , 69 p.
Örebro Studies in Care Sciences, ISSN 1652-1153 ; 59
decision-making, patient education, patient satisfaction, prenatal screening
Research subject Caring sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36105ISBN: 978-91-7529-045-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36105DiVA: diva2:740481
2014-11-21, Prismahuset, Hörsal 2, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 09:00 (Swedish)
Georgsson Öhman, Susanne, Docent
Nilsson, Kerstin, ProfessorSahlberg-Blom och, EvaBlomberg, Karin, Associate professor
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