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Is the non-respect of ethical principles by health professionals during first-trimester sonographic Down syndrome screening damaging to patient autonomy?

Authors
  • Favre, R
  • Guige, V
  • Weingertner, A-S
  • Vayssière, C
  • Kohler, M
  • Nisand, I
  • Hervé, C
  • Moutel, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2009
Volume
34
Issue
1
Pages
25–32
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/uog.6327
PMID: 19489032
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The answer to the question 'Are ethical principles respected when women are proposed ultrasound screening during the first trimester of pregnancy?' is clearly 'No'. Major effort is required to ensure that the decisions made by patients are based on a possibility of true choice.

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