ACMG Statements and Guidelines
These online statements and guidelines are definitive and may be cited using the digital object identifier (DOI). These recommendations are designed primarily as an educational resource for medical geneticists and other healthcare providers to help them provide quality medical genetics services; they should not be considered inclusive of all proper procedures and tests or exclusive of other procedures and tests that are reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. Please refer to the leading disclaimer in each document for more information.
- As exome and genome sequencing become more widely incorporated into clinical pediatric care, it becomes increasingly important to encourage a robust engagement process with the mature older child and adolescent patient to facilitate meaningful conversation that can aid in the complex decision-making and return of findings process around genomic testing. A dialogue that promotes this engagement process is best attained when the clinician shares salient information, including the relatively distinct implications of the test, while listening and responding to the child’s evolving perspectives as well as the parent(s)’ concerns (“parent” used broadly throughout to include guardians and others who act in this capacity for the genetics encounter).