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Complexities in Reproductive Choice: Medical Professionals' Attitudes to and Experiences of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society, Tema Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Human Fertility, ISSN 1464-7273, Vol. 10, no 3, 165-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies have been made on attitudes to and experiences of women and men who have undergone pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), or who are regarded as potential users of this diagnostic method. Few studies have been conducted regarding the attitudes to and experiences of medical professionals as regards PGD. This paper reports on findings from such a qualitative study in which 18 semi-structured interviews were performed with geneticists and gynaecologists in Italy, Sweden and the UK. Interviewees emphasized, among other things, the importance of choice provision. Interviewees also told stories that indicated the many ways through which choice was feared to be hampered - or was hampered. A similar emphasis on the importance of PGD as one more alternative to choose between, for 'high-risk' couples, is not found in studies on the experiences, attitudes and views of potential, or actual, users of PGD.

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2007. Vol. 10, no 3, 165-174 p.
Keyword [en]
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD); medical professionals; choice; ethics; qualitative analysis
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39857DOI: 10.1080/14647270701305491Local ID: 51539OAI: diva2:260706
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2010-05-03

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