Serum screening for Down's syndrome

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7036.974c (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:974

Creates stress for carers and parents

  1. Alex Bunn,
  2. Karen Forrest,
  3. George Ioannou,
  4. Rustam Rea
  1. Clinical medical students Oxford University Medical School, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR,—Philip Steer's article1 and subsequent correspondence2 have highlighted the controversy about serum screening for Down's syndrome. Our experience during an attachment in general practice suggests that the programme is creating confusion and stress for carers and parents alike.

    General practitioners were confused about the nature of the test and lacked time to counsel people properly. The health care workers believed that the mother's perception of the test differed from their own. Parents underwent testing for reassurance that “everything is all right …

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