Comfort Care Interventions in a Preimplantation Genetic Testing Program

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Abstract

The fields of human genetics and assisted reproductive technology (ART) have experienced many scientific advances over the past 50 years. The integration of these two clinical specialties has resulted in the ability to perform preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) on an embryo created through ART. This is a technology that can be used by individuals at risk for the transmission of a genetic disorder to prevent occurrence of the disorder in their child. Both the process of PGT and the life experiences that lead to the decision to use PGT stimulate many levels and types of discomfort. Holistic comfort care interventions performed by the nurse are uniquely designed to eliminate or reduce discomfort and to enable those at risk to utilize the available technologies to create healthy families.

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