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One-stop first trimester prenatal screening: social implications of an emerging technology

Investigators: G.Lewando-Hundt*, J,Sandall*, C,Williams, B.Heyman, K,Spencer.
Project Funding: Economic Social Research Council/Medical Research Council Innovative Health Technologies Programme.
This study explored: the impact of new screening technologies on the social management of pregnancy, service delivery and professional roles; participants’ broader responses to the new reproductive technologies, and views about routinisation of screening and perceptions of self, the foetus, and the management of reproductive risk. The findings raise questions about the implications for non-directiveness and informed decision-making of the resulting routinisation of screening, and the shift from an ‘opt-in’ to an ‘opt-out’ service. Data has been deposited in the Economic and Social Data Service
Williams, C. Sandall, J. Lewando Hundt G, Grellier R, Heyman B, Spencer K. (2005) ‘Women as ‘moral pioneers’?: experiences of first trimester nuchal translucency screening, Social Science and Medicine, 61 (9): 1983-92. 
Gourounti,K. Sandall,J. (2009) Informed Choice in Antenatal Screening of Down’s Syndrome in Eds. Dominicus Jelinek and Gijs Dvorak, Handbook of Down Syndrome Research, New York, Nova Science Publishers, Inc, ISBN 978-1-60741- 690-6. 
Heyman B, Lewando-Hundt G.  Sandall,J. Spencer,K. Williams,C. Grellier,R. Pitson,L. (2006) On being at higher risk: a qualitative study of  prenatal screening for chromosomal anomalies, Social Science and Medicine. 62 (10): 2360–72. 
Lewando Hundt G, Sandall J, Spencer K. Heyman B, Williams C, Grellier R, Pitson L, Tsouroufli M. (2008)  Women’s  experiences  1st Trimester  prenatal screening in a one stop clinic, British Journal Midwifery, Vol. 16, 3, pp 156 – 159.
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