Rethinking Perceptions about First-Trimester Screening

From the annual meeting of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

How would you rate your pregnant patient’s knowledge of first-trimester screening? Good? Fair? Poor?

Results from a survey of 169 women seeking first-trimester screening at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, suggest that pregnant women could benefit from better education about what the process entails. 

The study, led by Dr. Clint M. Cormier, found that 27% of women did not know that first-trimester screening consisted of an ultrasound and a blood test. 

As for invasive testing, 34% of the survey respondents reported that they would consider having a chorionic villus sampling procedure, while 43% reported that they would consider having an amniocentesis procedure. However, 75% were not sure at what level of risk they would consider a diagnostic test. 

The researchers concluded that the findings “indicate the need for more education in the office about screening options and potential diagnostic testing or genetic counseling prior to first-trimester screening.”

— Doug Brunk (on Twitter@dougbrunk)

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