Premarital screening for genetic blood disorders — an integrated review on the knowledge and attitudes of Middle Eastern university students

Jansirani Natarajan, Mickael Antoine Joseph*

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Abstract

Background: Genetic blood disorders are prevalent in the Middle Eastern countries causing physical, mental, and economic handicap. Premarital screening (PMS) is actively implemented to reduce the burgeoning load of these disorders. Literature shows a low response rate for PMS in this region. This integrated review aims to identify the knowledge and attitude of university students on PMS, as they are at the verge of entering into marriage relationships. Main body of the abstract: We systematically reviewed the electronic databases like MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL, and Scopus. Studies reporting about the knowledge and attitudes of Middle Eastern university students between 2010 and 2020 are included in the review. Twelve cross-sectional descriptive studies conducted in six countries met the inclusion criteria. Majority of the studies reported good level of knowledge on PMS among the university students, whereas not all of them agreed to undergo PMS due to various religious and cultural beliefs. Short conclusion: We recommend massive health education programs at the higher secondary and university levels to create better awareness on PMS. To improve the attitude towards PMS, life cycle approach and support of the religious leaders could be sought.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19
JournalMiddle East Fertility Society Journal
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Genetic screening
  • Knowledge
  • Middle East
  • Premarital screening
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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