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.