Rapid genome-wide sequencing in a neonatal intensive care unit: A retrospective qualitative exploration of parental experiences

Title

Rapid genome-wide sequencing in a neonatal intensive care unit: A retrospective qualitative exploration of parental experiences

Creator

Aldridge CE; Osiovich H; Siden H; Elliott AM

Identifier

Publisher

Journal of Genetic Counseling

Date

2020

Subject

Decisional regret; genetic counseling; genome-wide sequencing; lived experience; neonates

Description

Abstract Genome-wide sequencing (GWS) is increasingly being used in neonatal intensive care units. While studies have explored its clinical utility, little is known about parental experiences with this testing post-return of results. We conducted a qualitative study, using an interpretive description framework and thematic analysis, to gain further insight into parents’ perceptions of the value and utility of GWS for their infant. We sought to explore whether parents’ perceptions differ if their child received a diagnosis or not, and whether their child is living or deceased. Semi-structured, telephone interviews were conducted with parents of infants who had rapid exome sequencing while in the neonatal intensive care unit at BC Women's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. Interviews addressed perceived benefits and harms of GWS and included an evaluation of decisional regret. Parents of 27 probands were approached and 14 (52%; 13 mothers and 1 father) participated in interviews. On average, 26 months had elapsed from the time of results to the interview. Six themes were identified. Firstly, parents had a positive regard for GWS. The results of GWS helped provide context for their child's admission to the NICU, and all parents experienced relief following receiving the results. A diagnosis by GWS enabled parents to picture the future, form connections with other parents, and coordinate their child's care. Lastly, some parents experienced discomfort with the concept of a genetic diagnosis, and interestingly felt lack of a genomic diagnosis indicated a reduced severity of their infant's condition. Decisional regret post-results was found to be low. Our results highlight how parents cope with the results of GWS and suggest that a genetic counselor can have an important role in helping families understand and adjust to these results in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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Citation List Month

December 2020 List

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Citation

Aldridge CE; Osiovich H; Siden H; Elliott AM, “Rapid genome-wide sequencing in a neonatal intensive care unit: A retrospective qualitative exploration of parental experiences,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 25, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17271.

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