Innovative prenatal testing: Clinical applications and ethical considerations

Mei Chih Huang, Shio Jean Lin, Chih Ling Chen, Tzu Jung Huang

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The biomedical technology related to prenatal screen/diagnosis has developed rapidly in recent decades. Many prenatal genetic examinations are now available to assist pregnant women to better understand the status and development of their fetus. Moreover, many commercial advertisements for innovative prenatal examinations are now shown in the media. Cell-free DNA Screening (cfDNA screening), a non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) procedure, is a safe and high accuracy test that may be done at an earlier gestational age to screen for fetal aneuploidy. The following questions should be considered when applying cfDNA screening in clinical practice: 1. what is cfDNA screening, 2. who are its potential users, and 3. what ethical and policy considerations are associated with this examination? This article provides relevant information, clinical practice guidelines, and ethical/ policy considerations related to cfDNA screening. Discussing cases involving different clinical situations helps promote understanding of cfDNA screening and maternal-care quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


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