Journal article

Attitudes of Australian health professionals towards rapid genomic testing in neonatal and paediatric intensive care

Zornitza Stark, Amy Nisselle, Belinda McClaren, Fiona Lynch, Stephanie Best, Janet C Long, Melissa Martyn, Chirag Patel, Luregn J Schlapbach, Christopher Barnett, Christiane Theda, Jason Pinner, Marcel E Dinger, Sebastian Lunke, Clara L Gaff

European Journal of Human Genetics | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

We investigated the attitudes of intensive care physicians and genetics professionals towards rapid genomic testing in neonatal and paediatric intensive care units (NICU/PICU). A mixed-methods study (surveys and interviews) was conducted at 13 Australian hospitals and three laboratories involved in multi-center implementation of rapid genomic testing. We investigated experience and confidence with genomic tests among intensivists; perceived usefulness of genomic diagnostic results; preferences for service delivery models; and implementation readiness among genetic services. The overall survey response rate was 59%, 47% for intensivists (80/170), and 75% (91/121) for genetics professionals. I..

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Awarded by Australian National Health & Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program and a grant from the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (GNT1113531); the contents are solely the responsibility of the individual authors and do not reflect the views of the NHMRC. The authors thank all those who responded to the survey and all members of the Australian Genomics Health Alliance for their contribution to this study.