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New Publication: «Perspectives on Prenatal Genetic Testing, Screening, and Counseling: A Swiss Study»

Mirriam Tyebally Fang, Federico Germani, Giovanni Spitale, Sebastian Wäscher, Ladina Kunz, and Nikola Biller-Andorno recently published a paper titled "Perspectives on Prenatal Genetic Testing, Screening, and Counseling: A Swiss Study" in BMC Medical ethics.

This study explores the perspectives and experiences of women regarding prenatal genetic testing and pregnancy-related risk screening, focusing on their decision-making processes and implications for informed consent.
The research involved a nationwide qualitative study in Switzerland, featuring in-depth interviews with women who had given birth within the past 1 to 2 years. The study encompassed individuals with diverse backgrounds, including women with a migration history. Thematic analysis was applied to extract key findings.
The research underscores the significance of effective communication during prenatal counseling. It emphasizes the need for comprehensive information about genetic testing, addressing misconceptions, and supporting women throughout the decision-making process. Decision-making is a complex interplay of factors such as uncertainty, values, emotions, and societal support systems. The concept of acceptance emerged as a crucial theme, with some women expressing their readiness to love and accept their child, regardless of genetic anomalies.
This study provides valuable insights into women's perspectives and needs regarding prenatal genetic testing, screening, and counseling in Switzerland. It highlights the importance of enhancing clinical interactions and the informed consent process, with the aim of empowering women to make well-informed decisions about pregnancy and their child's health following genetic testing.
For further details and access to the full research paper, please click here.