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Antenatal and Neonatal Screening$
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Nicholas Wald and Ian Leck

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192628268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628268.001.0001

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Ethics of antenatal and neonatal screening

Ethics of antenatal and neonatal screening

(p.543) 22 Ethics of antenatal and neonatal screening
Antenatal and Neonatal Screening

Nicholas Wald

Ian Leck

J. A. Muir Gray

Oxford University Press

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

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