How Couples Perceive an Expanded Universal Carrier Screening Test: Colloquium APH

dinsdag 18 juli 2017 16:00 - 17:00

Colloquium APH (former EMGO+ ) research group Community Genetics

How Couples Perceive an Expanded Universal Carrier Screening Test: A Qualitative Interview Study
- Hanna Rusticus,
Master student Management in the Health Sciences (MPA), VU
Research internship section Community Genetics, VUmc

Recently, an expanded universal carrier screening (EUCS) test for 50 genetic disorders has been made available for couples planning a pregnancy (with and without a priori increased risk) by the AMC. See

This EUCS test aims to (preconceptionally) identify couples at risk of having a child with a severe single-gene autosomal recessive disorder. Couples can undergo testing after they have received genetic counselling in the clinic.

Currently, it is unknown how couples who underwent testing perceive the offer of an expanded carrier test and what their experiences are. An evaluation is needed to improve the service and information that couples receive. This exploratory study contributes to the evaluation by providing an insight into couples’ perceptions on this expanded carrier screening test. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted. In this colloquium, the main findings will be discussed.

Room C569, Medical Faculty, VUmc, van der Boechorststraat 7, Amsterdam
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