To investigate the factors influencing whether or not couples seek genetic counselling, the parents of 37 children with a major congenital anomaly were interviewed at home.
All the children had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Department of Paediatric Surgery.
After physical examination of the child, the consultant clinical geneticist stated that genetic counselling was indicated for the parents.
Whether they sought genetic counselling was left to the parents to decide.
Eighteen of the 37 parents had sought genetic counselling.
Assessment of the joint influence of a number of factors revealed that two factors were separately paramount in distinguishing between couples who did seek genetic counselling and those who did not : whether parents considered genetic counselling useful in their case shortly after the birth of their affected child, and whether the couple was clearly and correctly informed about the indication for genetic counselling.
The intention to have a subsequent pregnancy was not associated with whether or not couples sought genetic counselling.
Loss of information was observed : 1/3 of the referrals for genetic counselling mentioned on the written consultation forms were not stated in the discharge letters.
Mots-clés Pascal : Conseil génétique, Malformation, Adhérence, Information, Parent
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Genetic counseling, Malformation, Adhesion, Information, Parent
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0185671
Code Inist : 002B23A. Création : 09/06/1995.