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A new paper by Ruth Horn, Adeline Perrot and colleagues explores the perceptions and difficulties of women in England and France who took non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) as a second-tier screening test.

The paper is based on a semi-structured qualitative interview study with 17 women in England and France conducted between September 2021 and May 2022. In both countries NIPT is currently offered as a contingent test. In this study most women expressed a preference for the offer of NIPT as a first-line screening test.

The paper, published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling, examines the current implications of different policies and the difficulties experienced by women with regard to a contingent offer of NIPT in each country; their preferences for a first-tier screening; and the challenges a universal strategy raises for genetic counseling.

Perrot, A., Clarke, A., Vassy, C., & Horn, R. (2023). Women's preferences for NIPT as a first-line test in England and France: Challenges for genetic counseling practices. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 00, 1–11.