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Newborn Screening: Survey Shows New Parents Interested In Genetic Testing

December 5, 2014

A study, published this week in the journal, Genetics in Medicine, presents and reviews results of a survey given to new parents (US) to see what their views are on genomic newborn screening (NBS).

The study is led by Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) researchers. 514 parents at BWH are surveyed within 48 hours of their child’s birth, get a brief orientation to the genome and its effects on health. The following results are observed:

•   18.1 % of parents extremely  interested in genomic testing for their newborn

•   28.0 % of parents very           interested in genomic testing for their newborn

•   36.6 % of parents somewhat interested in genomic testing for their newborn

•   10.9 % of parents a little         interested in genomic testing for their newborn

•     6.4 % of parents not at all     interested in genomic testing for their newborn.

In conclusion, the journal article identified that the survey results were similar regardless of parents’ age, gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors. If a parent “experienced concerns about the health of their newborn, however, (parents) were less likely to be interested in genomic testing.”

Waisbren, S.E., Bäck, D.K., Liu C., Kalia, S.S., Ringer, S.A., Holm, I.A., & Green, R.C. Parents are interested in newborn genomic testing during the early postpartum period. Genetics in Medicine, 2014; DOI: 10.1038/gim.2014.139

Please Note: “Newborn Screening” courtesy of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Public Domain.

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