Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-35045
Title: Psycho-Emotional Impact of Anomaly Ultrasound Scan in Romanian Pregnant Women
Author(s): Pleş, Liana
Hamoud, Bashar Haj
Dimitriu, Mihai Cornel Traian
Cîrstoveanu, Cătălin
Socea, Bogdan
Ionescu, Antoniu-Crîngu
Albu, Dragoş
Sima, Romina-Marina
Poenaru, Mircea-Octavian
Language: English
Title: Healthcare
Volume: 9
Issue: 11
Publisher/Platform: MDPI
Year of Publication: 2021
Free key words: anomaly scan
maternal anxiety
anxiety scale
prenatal psychological screening
DDC notations: 610 Medicine and health
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: Objective: Second-trimester anomaly scan was introduced as a regulated practice in Romania in 2019, causing misperceptions and unrealistic expectations about this examination among pregnant women. This study aimed to assess whether second trimester anomaly scan is a reason “per se” for maternal anxiety. Design: A prospective type 1 cohort study was conducted in a tertiary prenatal diagnosis center with three locations in Bucharest, Romania, among pregnant women who underwent a second trimester anomaly scan between 1 December 2019 and 29 February 2020. Main outcome measure: Anxiety at the time of prenatal anomaly scan. Results: Out of the 138 participants, 32.6% believed that the anomaly scan could detect all fetus defects, 13.8% considered that the baby is bothered by the probe “light”, 8.7% believed that the scan could harm the fetus, 96.4% reported that it was a pleasant experience, and 95% felt that it strengthened their bond with the fetus. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) score revealed that women with high state anxiety were more anxious at pre-scan (p = 0.001). Conclusion: Ultrasound scan in the second trimester is correlated with a significant anxiety for women who are prone to this psychological trait. It is also a good opportunity to screen for highly anxious women who could benefit from prenatal psychological counseling to facilitate timely recognition and prevention of postpartum psychiatric disorders such as depression.
DOI of the first publication: 10.3390/healthcare9111415
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-350450
ISSN: 2227-9032
Date of registration: 5-Jan-2022
Faculty: M - Medizinische Fakultät
Department: M - Frauenheilkunde
Professorship: M - Keiner Professur zugeordnet
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