Tell me once, tell me soon: parents' preferences for clinical genetics services for congenital heart disease.

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Genet Med, 2018
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PurposeAs the molecular basis of congenital heart disease (CHD) comes into sharper focus, cardiac genetics services are likely to play an increasingly important role. This study aimed to identify parents' preferences for, and willingness to participate in, clinical genetics services for CHD.MethodsA discrete choice experiment was developed to assess parents' preferences for pediatric cardiogenetics services based on four attributes: appointment format, health professionals involved, waiting time, and information format. Data were analyzed using a mixed logit model.ResultsOne hundred parents with a living child diagnosed with CHD requiring surgical intervention between 2000 and 2009 completed the discrete choice experiment. Parents expressed a clear preference for cardiac genetics services featuring (i) a single appointment, (ii) the presence of a clinical geneticist and a genetic counselor, (iii) both verbal (oral) and Web-based information about CHD and genetics, and (iv) availability of an appointment within 2 weeks. If offered such conditions, 93% of respondents indicated that they would attend. The choice of service was most strongly influenced by the presence of both a clinical geneticist and a genetic counselor.ConclusionParents of children with CHD favor a single, timely genetics appointment with both a geneticist and a genetic counselor present. If appointments offered match these preferences, uptake is likely to be high.Genet Med advance online publication, 1 March 2018; doi:10.1038/gim.2018.16.
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