Genetic Testing, Genetic Information, and the Role of Maternal-Child Health Nurses in Israel
Article first published online: 18 AUG 2006
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 219–224, September 2006
How to Cite
Barnoy, S., Appel, D., Peretz, C., Meiraz, H. and Ehrenfeld, M. (2006), Genetic Testing, Genetic Information, and the Role of Maternal-Child Health Nurses in Israel. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 38: 219–224. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2006.00106.x
- Issue published online: 18 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 18 AUG 2006
- Accepted for publication April 21, 2006.
- maternal-child health (MCH) nurse;
- genetic information;
- genetic testing
Purpose: To examine the rate of genetic testing, the characteristics of those who had these tests, and to examine the public's openness to the possibility of expanding nurses' roles in maternal-child health (MCH) clinics to include providing genetic information.
Design: The study was conducted in nine MCH clinics in the central district of Israel. All women attending the clinics during 1 week were requested to complete the questionnaire. The sample consisted of 361 participants.
Findings: A high rate of genetic testing (80.4%) was shown. Higher education, being secular, and native-born Israeli predicted testing performance. Half of the tested participants reported that they did not understand the test results and were interested in receiving explanations regarding these results. Forty-four percent of respondents were interested in receiving genetic information from an MCH nurse.
Conclusions: A high rate of genetic testing performance was reported. The public reported lack of information regarding genetic tests and their results. An appropriate setting for providing this information is the maternal-child health clinics.