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The collection of ‘quality’ umbilical cord blood for stem cell treatments: conflicts, compromises, and clinical pragmatism

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2016
<mark>Journal</mark>New Genetics and Society
Issue number3
Volume35
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)307-326
Publication statusPublished
Early online date25/07/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Incentives have been proposed to NHS hospitals to encourage the collection of ‘quality’ umbilical UCB (UCB) to treat people with blood disorders. As UCB is collected immediately after a woman has given birth, maternity practices have come under scrutiny. Sixty-two interviews were conducted between 2009 and 2010 with those working on maternity wards, and in UCB collection and banking. Ethical approval was granted by the university institution and the NHS Research Ethics Committee. Participants perceived a conflict between acquiring a ‘quality’ UCB sample for blood disease sufferers and concerns for maternal and neonatal health. Options to overcome the conflict were compromises that demonstrated that those most powerful in the debates are those conducting maternity practices, whilst those involved in the banking of UCB have less influence perhaps as a consequence of the lower priority of ‘quality’ UCB collection in relation to maternal and neonatal health.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Genetics and Society on 25/07/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14636778.2016.1209109