The Telekidseq Pilot Study: Incorporating Telehealth Into Clinical Care of Children From Diverse Backgrounds Undergoing Whole Genome Sequencing
BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic forced healthcare institutions and many clinical research programs to adopt telehealth modalities in order to mitigate viral spread. With the expanded use of telehealth, there is the potential to increase access to genomic medicine to medically underserved populations, yet little is known about how best to communicate genomic results via telehealth while also ensuring equitable access. NYCKidSeq, a multi-institutional clinical genomics research program in New York City, launched the TeleKidSeq pilot study to assess alternative forms of genomic communication and telehealth service delivery models with families from medically underserved populations. METHODS: We aim to enroll 496 participants between 0 and 21 years old to receive clinical genome sequencing. These individuals have a neurologic, cardiovascular, and/or immunologic disease. Participants will be English- or Spanish-speaking and predominantly from underrepresented groups who receive care in the New York metropolitan area. Prior to enrollment, participants will be randomized to either genetic counseling via videoconferencing with screen-sharing or genetic counseling via videoconferencing without screen-sharing. Using surveys administered at baseline, results disclosure, and 6-months post-results disclosure, we will evaluate the impact of the use of screen-sharing on participant understanding, satisfaction, and uptake of medical recommendations, as well as the psychological and socioeconomic implications of obtaining genome sequencing. Clinical utility, cost, and diagnostic yield of genome sequencing will also be assessed. DISCUSSION: The TeleKidSeq pilot study will contribute to innovations in communicating genomic test results to diverse populations through telehealth technology. In conjunction with NYCKidSeq, this work will inform best practices for the implementation of genomic medicine in diverse, English- and Spanish-speaking populations.
Sebastin, M., Odgis, J. A., Suckiel, S. A., Bonini, K. E., Di Biase, M., Brown, K., Marathe, P., Kelly, N. R., Ramos, M. A., Rodriguez, J. E., Aguiñiga, K. L., Lopez, J., Maria, E., Rodriguez, M. A., Yelton, N. M., Cunningham-Rundles, C., Gallagher, K., McDonald, T. V., McGoldrick, P. E., Robinson, M., Rubinstein, A., Shulman, L. H., Wolf, S. M., Yozawitz, E., Zinberg, R. E., Abul-Husn, N. S., Bauman, L. J., Diaz, G. A., Ferket, B. S., Greally, J. M., Jobanputra, V., & Gelb, B. D. (2023). The Telekidseq Pilot Study: Incorporating Telehealth Into Clinical Care of Children From Diverse Backgrounds Undergoing Whole Genome Sequencing. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-023-01259-5