Clinicians need to provide accurate, up-to-date, and balanced information to parents following a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome and other genetic conditions. Families want information about the genomic outcomes and medical issues, but they also want information about life outcomes and social supports. Because the anticipated outcomes of a condition can change significantly based on available social support, health care, and services, it is important for clinicians to stay up-to-date about new developments and credible, medically reviewed information about Down syndrome and other genetic conditions to access resources for clinical care.
Beyond the Genetic Diagnosis: Providing Parents What They Want to Know
Ms Meredith has disclosed that she is the author of Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis and coauthor of Diagnosis to Delivery: A Pregnant Mother’s Guide to Down Syndrome and Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome: A New Parent’s Guide to the First Month, resources mentioned in the article and from which all royalties are donated to the University of Kentucky. Dr Saul has disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this article. This commentary does not contain a discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
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Robert A. Saul, Stephanie Hall Meredith; Beyond the Genetic Diagnosis: Providing Parents What They Want to Know. Pediatr Rev July 2016; 37 (7): 269–278. https://doi.org/10.1542/pir.2015-0092
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