Journal article

A model for offering carrier screening for fragile X syndrome to nonpregnant women: results from a pilot study

Sylvia Metcalfe, Alice Jacques, Alison Archibald, Trent Burgess, Veronica Collins, Anna Henry, Kathleen McNamee, Leslie Sheffield, Howard Slater, Samantha Wake, Jonathan Cohen

GENETICS IN MEDICINE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2008

Abstract

PURPOSE: To develop a model of offering population carrier screening for fragile X syndrome to nonpregnant women in primary care, using a program evaluation framework. METHODS: A three-phase approach included: (I) needs assessment exploring staff and client attitudes, and informing development of educational materials, questionnaires and protocols; (II) offering screening to women, with questionnaires at baseline (Q1) and another (Q2) 1-month later; (III) genetic counseling for test-positive women and interviews with a subgroup of participants. RESULTS: Of 338 volunteering for Phase II, 94% completed Q1, 59% completed Q2, and 20% (N = 65) chose testing revealing one premutation carrier and t..

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