Belinda J. McClaren

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A population-based cystic fibrosis (CF) carrier screening program was introduced in Victoria, Australia in 2006, and was offered to couples planning a pregnancy or in early pregnancy for a fee. Individuals received pre-test advice from their doctor and through a brochure. Carriers identified received genetic counseling. The aim of this study was to assess(More)
Carrier screening for cystic fibrosis has been recommended for pregnant women and their partners, individuals and couples prior to conception, and for people with a family history. Many pilot programmes offering cystic fibrosis carrier screening, most commonly in the prenatal setting, have shown that uptake and acceptability are high. This article explores(More)
Cystic fibrosis is the most common severe autosomal recessive disease, with a prevalence of 1 in 2,500-3,500 live births and a carrier frequency of 1 in 25 among Northern Europeans. Population-based carrier screening for cystic fibrosis has been possible since CFTR, the disease-causing gene, was identified in 1989. This review provides a systematic(More)
Newborn screening (NBS) for cystic fibrosis (CF) provides the opportunity for cascade carrier testing of relatives. Uptake of testing by adult non-parent relatives of children diagnosed with CF through NBS has not been previously described, and this study describes uptake by both parents and adult non-parent relatives in Victoria, Australia. Pedigrees were(More)
Population-based screening for carrier status of genetic conditions is increasingly becoming available in developed countries with future directions including carrier testing for large numbers of genetic conditions in a single instance using next generation technologies (Bell et al. 2011). In Australia, population-based carrier screening is undertaken(More)
PURPOSE Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis is increasingly available, but cascade testing following the diagnosis in a child has received little attention. We previously reported low levels of cascade testing over time, and this study investigated motivators as well as barriers to testing. METHODS Parents were interviewed about communicating the(More)
Genetic information given to an individual newly diagnosed with a genetic condition is likely to have important health implications for other family members. The task of communicating with these relatives commonly falls to the newly diagnosed person. Talking to relatives about genetic information can be challenging and is influenced by many factors(More)
An anonymous survey of Australian Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was conducted with the aim of understanding current practice and attitudes toward population-based carrier screening for inherited conditions in the setting of routine pregnancy care. Of 1,121 Fellows invited to complete the online(More)
Background Since 1997, the Victorian Colorectal Cancer Family Study (VCCFS) has been studying a large number of individuals who have had colorectal cancer and their relatives. When a genetic mutation is identified by the VCCFS, family members are offered the chance to have genetic testing through a family cancer clinic to learn of their result. Between 17%(More)