- Brian Skotko, MD, MPP
This free, one-hour webinar provides physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with guidance on communicating with expectant parents about a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. With the advent of cell-free DNA prenatal screening for conditions like Down syndrome, healthcare professionals must increasingly find ways to share a diagnosis with parents in a sensitive manner, while still conveying accurate and complete information.
These new non-invasive screening tests utilize the amount of chromosomal material from the fetus and the expectant mother. When expectant parents are informed with test results, they need to consider their pregnancy options, yet often they receive inaccurate, incomplete, and sometimes offensive information.
With the information now available through these tests, it is imperative for healthcare professionals to communicate effectively with expectant parents. Participate in this webinar to enhance your knowledge about helping expectant parents make informed decisions while educating them with a realistic description of Down syndrome.
- Define the components of effective communication between healthcare providers and parents when receiving a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
- Identify the resources available to health care providers wanting to improve their communication skills in this arena.
- Describe the current prenatal testing on Down syndrome available and soon to be available to expectant parents.
This program is intended for: Physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Co-Director, Down Syndrome Program
This program was originally funded by IME grants from Ariosa and Sequenom and gifts from the MDSC and DPH.
This program is not accredited.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. CME credit is not being offered for this activity.
Even though this event is not accredited, providing information regarding planning, disclosure, and conflict of interest is important to us. Some providers may be able to claim Category 2 CME credit for participating in this activity.
Faculty Disclosure Statement
In accord with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), planners, speakers and anyone who may have an influence on the content of the activity have been asked to disclose any relationship they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices, etc. that may be germane to the content of their presentation. Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias, but provides participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest (COI)
The MGH Academy has implemented a process to resolve potential COIs for this CME activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public.
The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
Tristan Gorrindo, MD
Jane Pimental, MPH
Brian Skotko, MD, MPP
The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
Brian Skotko, MD, MPP
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