Double and triple tests performed during pregnancy are highly important in order to determine risk of fetal aneuploidy. Our aim in this study was to evaluate the knowledge level of the pregnant women regarding these screening tests. The study population consisted of 354 pregnant patients who applied to outpatient clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics Department between October-December 2015 within their 11. and 24. gestational weeks. Research data were collected through a questionnaire form and the chi- square test was utilized for statistical analysis. P< 0.05 was accepted as the level of significance. The mean age of the pregnant women (n=354) was 26.71±5.56 years, and the mean gestational week at admission was 14.45±2.91 weeks. All of the participants declared that they had or would undergone screening tests, while majority ( 58.8%) of the study participants thought that it was obligatory to undergo screening tests. However, patients with at least lycée education and those who worked answered the questions statistically significantly more correctly (p<0.05). It was found out that higher the educational level of the pregnant women was, higher the level of knowledge they had about the tests. In addition to increasing the educational levels of pregnant women in general, it is necessary that physicians should spare adequate time for informing pregnant women efficiently, and correctly in order to apply the screening tests effectively.
Keywords: Double screening, triple screening, knowledge level of pregnant women