Uptake of fetal aneuploidy screening after the introduction of the non-invasive prenatal test: A national population-based register study

The Dutch NIPT Consortium

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Introduction: The introduction of the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) has shifted the prenatal screening landscape. Countries are exploring ways to integrate NIPT in their national prenatal screening programs, either as a first- or second-tier test. This study aimed to describe how the uptake of fetal aneuploidy screening changed after the introduction of NIPT as a second-tier and as a first-tier test within the national prenatal screening program of the Netherlands. Material and methods: A population-based register study in the Netherlands, recording uptake of fetal aneuploidy screening. Data from all pregnant women choosing to have the first-trimester combined test (FCT) or first-tier NIPT between January 2007 and March 2019 were retrospectively collected using national registration systems. Uptake percentages for fetal aneuploidy screening (FCT and NIPT) were calculated and stratified by region and maternal age. Statistical significance was determined using trend analysis and chi-squared tests. Results: Between 2007 and 2013 FCT uptake increased from 14.8% to 29.5% (P =.004). In April 2014 NIPT was introduced as a second-tier test for high-risk women after FCT (TRIDENT-1 study). FCT uptake rose from 29.5% in 2013 to 34.2% in 2015 (P <.0001). After the introduction of NIPT as a first-tier test for all women in April 2017 (TRIDENT-2 study), FCT uptake declined significantly from 35.8% in 2016 to 2.6% in 2018 (P <.0001). NIPT uptake increased to 43.4% in 2018. Regionally, NIPT uptake ranged from 31.8% to 67.9%. Total uptake (FCT and NIPT) between 2007 and 2018 increased significantly from 14.8% to 45.9% (P <.0001). However, total uptake stabilized at 46% for both years of TRIDENT-2 (April 2017-March 2019). Conclusions: An increase in total fetal aneuploidy screening uptake up to 45.9% was observed after the introduction of NIPT. Uptake appears to have stabilized within a year after introducing first-tier NIPT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1265-1272
Number of pages8
JournalActa obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • fetal aneuploidy screening
  • first-trimester combined test
  • non-invasive prenatal test
  • prenatal screening
  • register study
  • uptake

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