The members of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Study Group are listed in the Appendix.
Prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome: How best to deliver the news†
Article first published online: 28 SEP 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A
Volume 149A, Issue 11, pages 2361–2367, November 2009
How to Cite
Skotko, B. G., Kishnani, P. S., Capone, G. T. and for the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Study Group (2009), Prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome: How best to deliver the news. Am. J. Med. Genet., 149A: 2361–2367. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.33082
How to cite this article: Skotko BG, Kishnani PS, Capone GT for the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Study Group. 2009. Prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome: How best to deliver the news. Am J Med Genet Part A 149A:2361–2367.
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 SEP 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 AUG 2009
- Manuscript Received: 21 JUN 2009
- National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
- delivery of health care;
- Down syndrome;
- prenatal diagnosis;
- postnatal care;
- Trisomy 21
We sought to provide evidence-based recommendations to physicians on how to best deliver a prenatal diagnosis of DS to expectant parents. Our study design consisted of searching Medline and PsychInfo from 1960 to 2008, as well as Web sites from academic organizations and other nonprofit or private organizations, using the terms “Down syndrome,” “Trisomy 21,” “mongolism,” “prenatal diagnosis,” “postnatal care,” and “delivery of health care.” Our results showed that a health care professional knowledgeable about DS with specific training in the delivery of sensitive diagnoses should be part of the first conversation. A prenatal diagnosis of DS should be presented in person or at a pre-established time by phone. Physicians should provide accurate information about medical conditions associated with DS and connect parents to local DS support groups and other resources. We conclude that physicians can deliver prenatal diagnoses of DS in a sensitive manner that can be appreciated by expectant parents. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.