Midwives and screening for haemoglobin disorders.

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dc.contributor.author Dyson, Simon
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-26T11:31:55Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-26T11:31:55Z
dc.date.issued 2001-07
dc.identifier.citation Dyson, SM. (2001) Midwives and screening for haemoglobin disorders. In: Culley, L. and Dyson, SM (eds) Ethnicity and Nursing Practice Basingstoke: Palgrave pp.149-167 en
dc.identifier.isbn 0-333-75331-3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/2767
dc.description.abstract This chapter raises the issue of ethnicity in relation to selective screening for haemoglobin disorders such as sickle cell and beta-thalassaemia. The chapter begins with a description of sickle cell and thalassaemia, outlines some background to issues surrounding selective ante-natal screening for haemoglobin disorders, and reports on the problematic nature of ethnic categories apparently in use in effecting such selectivity. The chapter then examines possible pragmatic strategies available to health care workers, including taking cues about ethnicity of clients from skin colour, names, geographical origins, unspecified combinations of these three, from an imposition of the U.K. Census categories, or by asking the client. Each in turn is felt to present certain problems with regard to the haemoglobin disorders. A number of strategies are proposed. One is to document the social encounter whereby ethnic categorization is socially constructed by health care workers. Others include combining asking for clients' self-defined ethnicity in tandem with an open explanation of the haemoglobin disorder-specific reason for which the information is being sought. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Palgrave en
dc.subject sickle cell en
dc.subject thalassaemia en
dc.subject ante-natal screening en
dc.subject ethnicity en
dc.subject midwives en
dc.subject genetic screening en
dc.subject census categories en
dc.title Midwives and screening for haemoglobin disorders. en
dc.type Book chapter en
dc.researchgroup Unit for the Social Study of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell en
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre

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