Anxiety levels in women undergoing prenatal maternal serum screening for Down syndrome: The effect of a fast reporting system by mobile phone short-message service

Po Jen Cheng*, Tzong Lin Wu, Sheng Wen Shaw, Ho Yen Chueh, Cheng Tao Lin, Jenn Jeih Hsu, T'sang T.ang Hsieh, Yung-Kuei Soong

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Abstract

Objective To study the effect of fast reporting by mobile phone short-message service (SMS) on anxiety levels in women undergoing prenatal biochemical screening for Down syndrome. Method From January 2005 to December 2006, 2782 women undergoing prenatal biochemical serum screening were randomized into fast reporting by SMS (group A) or without mobile phone reporting (group B). Anxiety levels were measured with the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) before prenatal screen testing, before the appointed clinic (when the SMS report had already been given to group A), and 3 days after the appointed clinic (when the full screening report had been given to groups A and B). Results For screen-negative women, anxiety scores did not differ between groups before prenatal screen testing and 3 days after the appointed clinic. The state-anxiety scores measured on the second occasion had declined significantly in group A. The state-anxiety scores in both groups increased over the 3-week period after being informed of positive screen results. The trait- and state-anxiety scores at all points did not differ between the two groups of screen-positive women. Conclusions The provision of a routine reporting system plus additional SMS report revealed some overall benefits in reducing anxiety among women with screen-negative result.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-421
Number of pages5
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 05 2008

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Down syndrome
  • Screening
  • Short-message service
  • Spielberger state-trait anxiety inventory

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