Factors Affecting the Approach of Pregnant Women to Prenatal Tests

Raziye Desdicioğlu, Melahat Yıldırım, İnci Süleymanova, İlker Atalay, Mustafa Özcan, Ayşe Filiz Yavuz
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Objectives: Prenatal screening tests reduce the maternal and perinatal mortality as known. In our study, we aimed to investigate which factors affect the pregnant women most on how to take antenatal screening tests. We planned to evaluate the effects of media on pregnant women’s approach to antenatal screening tests.

Materials and methods: 310 pregnant women who were admitted to the pregnancy outpatient clinic within 30 days have been evaluated by a variety of questions.

Results: Follow ups of pregnant women by their gynecologists and family doctors increase the level of knowledge for screening tests. Particularly the pregnant women who do not want to take the diabetes screening test have been mostly affected by the media.

Conclusion: Clinicians who examine to pregnant women firstly have a great duty to inform about them antenatal screening tests. We need to make arrangements on mediatic explanations that affect the pregnant women negatively about screening tests.


Antenatal screening tests, gestational diabetes screening test, effects of media

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