A cost-benefit evaluation of prenatal diagnosis performed at a referral center with a population with a genetic or abnormality risk.

T Tomé, G Gaspar, A Marques, J Correia, A Lacerda, H Carreiro, P Faustino, A Ferreira, D Rosa, C Sing


Prenatal diagnosis (PND) has assistencial, psychological and economical consequences; it is very important to evaluate cost effectiveness for the population. A prospective study was done (longitudinal and descriptive) on a population referred to Maternidade Dr. Alfredo da Costa, divided into two groups. Group one with PND performed on proper time and second group a PND procedure performed on a adequate time. The general characterization, indications for reference and consequences were evaluated. The conclusions are that the indications for reference were correct and the diagnosis was effective in 17% of patients. Social, economical levels and multiparity were the most important factors affecting adequate PND. However concerning the results, the termination of pregnancy was more performed on the group 1 and more abnormalities were seen on the newborns of group 2.

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