Scholarly Article AB

Moore, Roscoe M. et al. “Prenatal Ultrasound: Are Socially Disadvantaged Groups Afforded Equal Access?”. Journal Of Health Care For The Poor And Underserved, vol 1, no. 2, 1990, pp. 229-236. Project Muse, doi:10.1353/hpu.2010.0309.

The main argument of this article is to determine how often women and which type of women receive ultrasounds. By conducting and analyzing different studies the authors were able to do this. They found that those patients that were from the clinic were more likely to receive an ultrasound compared to those that went to private practice. They also determined that upper classes were more likely to receive an ultrasound over lower class, due to the fact of affordability. The authors also noticed that ultrasounds are often done when the gender can be determined. This is supported by the text when they examine, “The largest proportion of first exposures to sonography occurred in the second trimester of pregnancy with the smallest proportion in the first trimester” (231). This shows that people are more concerned with the gender over anything else and that is what truly encourages women to get an ultrasound.

The authors have strong claims that are backed up by evidence. They assert the audience with authority by continuously reassuring that reliable evidence was used. However the authors use complicated medical terms throughout the article. This makes it harder for a general audience to follow what is happening. It also causes the audience to become confused easily, which could lead to misinterpretation of what the main point is.

This article can be related back to an article read previously. The authors attempt to explain why lower classes often do not get ultrasounds as often, “Possible explanations for the failure to receive an ultrasound examination include inequality of access to the procedure; poorer mothers may be denied the procedure because of the lack of financial resources to pay for it or lack of access to medical care” (230). This leads back to a previous article that brought up the idea of making portable ultrasounds. This would be an idea that could be a possible solution to what these authors are bringing up as an issue. Throughout this article it brings up the ethical issue to access. Different classes of people have different access to medical technology.


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