Wile, Emyr

Emyr Wile
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
An exploration into whether prospective parents are being given sufficient information by medical practitioners in relation to genetic testing to give informed consent
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Prof Karen Morrow and Trish Rees
Supervising school:
College of Law and Criminology,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My PhD project aims to assess the quality of information delivered by medical practitioners to prospective parents in relation to genetic testing and whether informed consent to such testing is being sufficiently received. The interests of the unborn child will be taken into consideration and the ethical arguments surrounding this.

I will aim to assess the quality of information delivered in conversations between medical practitioners and prospective parents and decipher whether the parents feel able to make an informed decision based on the information received.

My goal is to reduce the number of unnecessary terminations and increase the understanding and knowledge of prospective parents in relation to the genetic testing process. I also aim to increase the quality of information being delivered by medical practitioners to eradicate decision-making that is based on fear or uncertainty. The objective is to ultimately make every decision the correct decision under the circumstances.