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<i>Ethics of antenatal and neonatal screening</i>

Nicholas Wald, Ian Leck and J. A. Muir Gray

in Antenatal and Neonatal Screening

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192628268
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723605 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628268.003.0022
Ethics of antenatal and neonatal screening

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This chapter reflects on the ethics of antenatal and neonatal screening, concluding that they are not fundamentally different from ethics in other areas of medicine. Topics covered include the benefits and hazards of screening and the rights of those offered screening to be appropriately informed and counselled about the services provided, to choose whether to use these services, and to receive on-going support regardless of their choice. The need for equity is also discussed, as are other implications that providing screening services has for the community.

Keywords: antenatal screening; neonatal screening; patients' rights; equity; medical ethics

Chapter.  6560 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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