Les échographistes face au dépistage prénatal de la trisomie 21. Le difficile arbitrage entre excellence professionnelle et éthique du consentement

Abstract : Pregnant women in France are routinely offered Down’s syndrome screening tests. These tests and further testing to confirm the diagnostic, may lead to the decision to terminate the pregnancy. Fetal ultrasound is one of the most frequently used techniques to screen pregnancies. Public authorities have set guidelines for practitioners to ask pregnant women if they consent to Down’s syndrome screening before having the test. However, some critics argue that pregnant women have actually no choice anymore but to undergo the test. We have conducted a sociological fieldwork in an ultrasound scanning clinic in Paris area and analyzed what sonographers say to pregnant women. Getting implicit consent from pregnant women is good enough for most sonographers.
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Bénédicte Champenois-Rousseau, Carine Vassy. Les échographistes face au dépistage prénatal de la trisomie 21. Le difficile arbitrage entre excellence professionnelle et éthique du consentement. Sciences Sociales et Santé, John Libbey, 2012, 10 (4), pp.39 - 63. ⟨10.3917/sss.304.0039⟩. ⟨hal-01493095⟩

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