Fran Carroll awarded best Faculty PhD thesis
7 November 2012
Congratulations to Fran Carroll won has the prize in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr Carroll’s research investigated the decision-making process for couples considering antenatal screening for Downs syndrome. Respondents to the survey showed a good understanding of the risks involved, but preferences varied about the way the information was presented. The focus on couples, and the inclusion of male partners as participants, is rare and makes an important contribution to the research literature. Presenting risk information in a variety of ways, and resources that provide access to others’ experiences of making decisions about antenatal screening, emerged as vital to the process.