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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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PAUL, María A; CERDA, Jaime; CORREA, Catalina  y  LIZAMA, Macarena. Receiving the diagnosis of Down syndrome: what do the parents think?. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2013, vol.141, n.7, pp.879-886. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872013000700007.

Background: Having a child with Down syndrome (DS) is usually unexpected and stressful. Aim: To describe the experiences of parents of children with DS at the time of diagnosis. Material and Methods: A self-administered survey was answered by 345 parents (62% women) with an offspring with DS. Results: Eighty four percent of parents received a postnatal diagnosis of DS, 32.3% were informed of the diagnosis in the presence of his or her partner and 19.3%o received some form of printed material regarding DS. Fifty six percent of respondents considered that the delivery of the diagnosis was inadequate. Factors associated with an overall positive experience were prenatal diagnosis (Odds Ratio (OR) 3.91 (95% Confidence Intervals (CI) 2.06-7.44)) and the presence of both parents at the time of the delivery of the diagnosis (OR 1.84 (95%> CI 1.16-2.91)). Fifty three percent of respondents believe that prenatal diagnosis of DS is preferable. Conclusions: The majority of parents are unsatisfied with the way the diagnosis of DS is delivered. Efforts should be made to educate health personnel regarding the delivery of the diagnosis of SD, to foster opportunities for prenatal diagnosis and to improve the delivery of printed material.

Palabras clave : Down syndrome; Parental notification.

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