Genetic testing in intellectual disability psychiatry: opinions and practices of UK child and ID psychiatrists

Christine Russell Patch, Kate Wolfe, Kersten Steuber, Andrew McQuillan, Jichi Fatima, Frances Flinter, Andre Strydom, Nick Bass

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Background: An increasing number of genetic causes of intellectual disabilities (ID) are identifiable by clinical genetic testing, offering the prospect of bespoke patient management. However little is known about the practices of psychiatrists and their views on genetic testing.

Method: We undertook an online survey of 215 psychiatrists, who were contacted via the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Child and Adolescent and Intellectual Disability Psychiatry mailing lists.

Results: In comparison to child and adolescent psychiatrists, ID psychiatrists ordered more genetic tests, referred more patients to genetic services, and were overall more confident in the genetic testing process. Respondents tended to agree that genetic diagnoses can help patient management, however management changes were infrequently found in clinical practice.

Conclusions: Differences are apparent in the existing views and practices of child and adolescent and ID psychiatrists. Developing training and collaboration with colleagues working in genetic services could help to reduce discrepancies and improve clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Early online date23 Aug 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Aug 2017


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