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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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ROJAS BETANCOURT, Iris Andrea; LLAMOS PANEQUE, Arianne  y  MARCHECO TERUEL, Beatriz. Ethical premises in the prenatal diagnosis of congenital defects in Cuba. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2013, vol.39, n.4, pp.779-790. ISSN 0864-3466.

The objective of this paper was to submit a proposal of ethical premises for prenatal diagnosis of congenital defects. An in-depth systematic and critical study was conducted on the topic and on the results of research works carried out with the Cuban population and those of workshops where the National Network of Medical Genetics experts participated. For their preparation, the universally accepted ethical principles that are recommended by WHO and other international bodies, as well as the Cuban resolutions and laws in this regard were all taken into account. Some general standards on prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion and on the approach to genetic counseling and the disclosure of information were presented. This proposal was supplemented with other standards inherent to the scientific research, since during prenatal diagnosis practice, some research works can emerge, the results of which may be published, that is, informed consent, research involving patients, ethical aspects of scientific publications and professional ethics elements. These standards are the ethical premises that guarantee the respect to the rights and to the dignity of those persons who are served by the genetic counselling and prenatal diagnosis services, and will be part of a manual for the provision of services in the medical genetic network of Cuba.

Palabras clave : ethical aspects; prenatal diagnosis; genetic counselling; inborn defects.

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