Genetic Screening: Facilitating Informed Choices


Informed decision‐making is fundamental to prenatal and genetic testing programmes.

Keywords: informed decision‐making; theory; decision aids; prenatal diagnosis; down syndrome


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Bekker, Hilary L(Sep 2006) Genetic Screening: Facilitating Informed Choices. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005591]