Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Medical genetics, public understanding and patient experiences: An exploratory qualitative study of recently pregnant women
by Garman, Jamie L., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 85; 1527550
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study was to document how individuals' experiences and understanding of genetics concepts affects their medical experiences. Recently pregnant women were interviewed because they represent a population that needs to comprehend biological and genetic information to understand their health. Three women were designated as science experts (SE) defined as having extensive university level science education and three women were designated as science non-experts (SNE). In general, SEs described a more positive pregnancy experience. Both SEs and SNEs demonstrated a basic understanding of genetic concepts but varied in the application of concepts to personal medical issues. Participants' views and experiences of pre and postnatal tests were linked to their understanding of nature of science components such as recognition that tests have limitations. Results from this study indicate an incomplete understanding of the nature of science among participants may have led to unsatisfactory medical experiences.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gomez-Zwiep, Susan
Commitee: Eldon, Elizabeth D., Straits, William J.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Genetics, Medicine, Science education
Keywords: Public understanding, Science experts and non-experts
Publication Number: 1527550
ISBN: 978-1-303-79589-3
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