Analysis of Questions and Answers Posted on the Internet Blogs about Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis and Screening

블로그를 통해 본 산전 기형아 검사와 양수검사에 대한 질문과 댓글 분석

  • 전명희 (미국 위스콘신-밀워키 주립대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 신계영 (신한대학교 간호학과) ;
  • 최경숙 (중앙대학교 간호학과)
  • Received : 2014.09.16
  • Accepted : 2015.01.14
  • Published : 2015.03.28


The purpose of this study was to identify pregnant women's needs for information on prenatal genetic diagnosis and screening. This study is consisted of two phases. In the first phase in December 2011, six blogs featuring questions and answers on prenatal genetic diagnosis and screening were selected from four major search engines in Korea by using the keywords "prenatal genetic diagnosis," "prenatal genetic screening", and "amniocentesis." An analyzing framework was constructed on the basis of 389 posts on six blogs between November 2006 and October 2011. In the second phase, the contents of the "MomsHolicbaby" blog posted from November 2010 to October 2011 were reviewed. Then, pregnant women's questions on prenatal genetic diagnosis and screening (100 questions) and amniocentesis (200 questions with 1,665 answers) were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Among posters who had ever been recommended to undergo amniocentesis, 56.5% described feelings of anxiety, 25.5% did not know the purpose of the test, and 33.9% refused to undergo the test. Among 295 posters answering questions about amniocentesis, 61.4% disagreed with undergoing the test. The results show that there is a need for healthcare professionals to provide more educational and emotional support to pregnant women considering prenatal genetic diagnosis and screening. Providing online health information can be integrated into prenatal genetic education for pregnant women as well as nurses. In addition, prenatal women's preferences about undergoing amniocentesis should be reflected in the current legal discussion on criteria for termination of pregnancy.


Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis and Screening;Amniocentesis;Internet blog


Supported by : 한국연구재단


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