• Journal Article

Prevalence and predictors of receipt of prenatal information about genetic screening

Citation

Whitehead, N., Rasmussen, S. A., Cox, S., & Posner, S. F. (2006). Prevalence and predictors of receipt of prenatal information about genetic screening. Prenatal Diagnosis, 26(10), 944-950.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the proportion of women who received information on genetic screening among those who had prenatal care and to determine whether the proportion varied by maternal characteristics. METHODS: We used self-reported data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), a population-based survey of recent mothers, for birth years 2000-2002. Logistic regression was used to identify independent predictors of receiving information and to calculate adjusted prevalence ratios. RESULTS: Among women who began prenatal care in the first trimester, 86% received information on genetic screening. The strongest predictors of receiving this information were completing the questionnaire in English and having military health insurance. CONCLUSION: Most women receive information on prenatal genetic screening, but insurance status and language preference may impact women's access to this information