Different perceptions and attitudes regarding prenatal testing among service providers and consumers in Israel

Anat Mishori Dery, Rivka Carmi, Ilana Shoham Vardi

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Abstract

Introduction: The increasing number of prenatal tests for fetal abnormalities calls for a prenatal care policy which will reflect not only medical values, but also the needs and attitudes of the services' consumers. Objectives: To compare attitudes of prenatal service consumers and providers regarding extent of prenatal testing and to evaluate these attitudes in relation to sociodemographic and professional characteristics. Methods: Women were interviewed by phone 5-8 weeks postpartum (n = 596) using a structured questionnaire. Health professionals (n = 351) completed a parallel questionnaire. Results: Health professionals were significantly more supportive of comprehensive prenatal testing than women (61.1 vs. 34.1%, respectively). In a multivariable analysis, age over 35, Ashkenazi origin and being better informed regarding tests, predicted a preference for comprehensive testing among women. Among health professionals, predictors of that attitude were secularism and a paramedical profession. Conclusions: Providers and consumers of prenatal services differ in their perceptions and opinions. Policy makers should have mechanisms in place to properly represent this diversity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-251
Number of pages10
JournalCommunity Genetics
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Consumer preferences
  • Health care providers
  • Prenatal diagnosis

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