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
Article first published online: 8 APR 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 417–421, May 2008
How to Cite
Cheng, P.-J., Wu, T., Shaw, S.-W., Chueh, H.-Y., Lin, C.-T., Hsu, J.-J., Hsieh, T.-T. and Soong, Y.-K. (2008), 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. Prenat. Diagn., 28: 417–421. doi: 10.1002/pd.1988
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 8 APR 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 FEB 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 4 FEB 2008
- Manuscript Received: 1 JUN 2007
- National Science Council, Taiwan. Grant Number: NSC 96-2314-B-182A-066-MY2
- Down syndrome;
- short-message service;
- Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory
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.
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).
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.
The provision of a routine reporting system plus additional SMS report revealed some overall benefits in reducing anxiety among women with screen-negative result. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.