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    NSGC Practice Guidelines

    In September 2015, the NSGC Practice Guidelines Committee began implementing its new guideline process for authors developing NSGC Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. The Guideline Development Manual below outlines NSGC's new criteria and includes an Appendix with all relevant forms, documents, and background for authors.

    Key changes to the practice guideline process include:

    • Required systematic evidence review
    • New Conflict of Interest Disclosure Survey (specific to the Practice Guidelines Committee)
    • Alternate "Practice Resource" document option
    • Removal of Expert Review
    • Addition of an NSGC member-comment period

    NSGC Practice Guidelines Resources

    Guideline Development Manual

    Guideline Topic Proposal Form

    NSGC Practice Guidelines Conflict of Interest Documents

    Practice Guidelines COI Disclosure Survey

    NSGC COI Disclosure Form

    NSGC Practice Guideline Committee Co-Chairs (2015)

    Gillian Hooker: gillian.hooker@gmail.com

    Erin Carmany: ecarmany@med.wayne.edu

    NSGC Practice Guidelines Member Access

    NSGC Members: To access the full articles, please visit the Journal of Genetic Counseling. After accessing the Journal of Genetic Counseling through the NSGC website portal. You will then be able to search the Journal by keyword for the practice guidelines that you would like to view.

    NSGC Practice Guidelines (Pre-2015), by Topic

    Cancer Risk
    Cancer Predisposition Evaluation
    Consanguinity
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Down Syndrome
    Fabry Disease
    Fragile X Syndrome
    Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
    Human Pedigree Nomenclature
    Neurofibromatosis Type 1
    Prenatal Screening
    Lynch Syndrome

    Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment and Counseling: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors

    Riley B., Culver J., Skrzynia, C., Senter L., Peters, J., Costalas J., Callif-Daley F., Grumet S., Hunt K., Nagy R., McKinnon W., Petrucelli N., Bennett R., Trepanier A., et al. J Genet Couns, 13(2): 83-114 (2011).

    Referral Indications for Cancer Predisposition Assessment: Joint Practice Guidelines of the American College of Medical Genetics and the National Society of Genetic Counselors

    Heather Hampel, MS, LGC1, Robin L. Bennett, MS, LGC2, Adam Buchanan, MS, MPH3, Rachel Pearlman, MS, LGC1, and Georgia L. Wiesner, MD4, Genet Med advance online publication (2014).

    Genetic Counseling and Screening of Consanguineous Couples and their Offspring: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (Reaffirmed 2009, 2014)

    Bennett, R.L., Motulsky, A.G., Bittles, A., Hudgins, L., Uhrich, S., Doyle, D.L., et al.
     J Genet Couns, 11(2): 97-119 (2002).

    Molecual Testing for Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Status Practice Guidelines: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (Revised 2013)

    Langfelder-Schwind, E., Karezeski, B., Strecker, M., Redman, J., E., Sugarman, Zaleski, C., Brown, T., Keiles, S., Powers, A., Ghate, S., Darrah, R. J Genet Couns (2013).

    Practice Guidelines for Communicating a Prenatal or Postnatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors

    Kathryn B. Sheets,  Blythe G. Crissman, Cori D. Feist,  Susan L. Sell,  Lisa R. Johnson, Kelly C. Donahue, Diane Masser-Frye, Gail S. Brookshire, Amanda M. Carre, Danielle LaGrave, Campbell K. Brasington
    J Genet Couns (2011).

    Fabry Disease Practice Guidelines: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors

    Dawn A. Laney, Robin L. Bennett, Virginia Clarke, Angela Fox, Robert J. Hopkin, Jack Johnson, Erin O'Rourke, Katherine Sims, Gerald Walter. J Genet Couns, 22(5): 555-564 (2013).

    Genetic Counseling and Testing for FMR1 Gene Mutations: Practice Guidelines of the National Society of Genetic Counselors

    Finucane, B. , Abrams, L., Cronister, A., Archibald, A.D., Bennett, R.L., McConkie-Rosell, A.
    J Genet Couns, 21(6): 752-760 (2012).

    Risk Assessment and Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors

    Berliner, J., Fay, A.M. Cummings, S., Burnett, B., Tillmanns, T.
    J Genet Couns (2013).

    Standardized Human Pedigree Nomenclature: Update and Assessment of the Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (Reaffirmed 2014)

    Bennett, R.L., French, K.S.,  Resta, R.G., Doyle, D.L.
    J Genet Couns, 17(5): 424-433 (2008).

    Neurofibromatosis Type 1 in Genetic Counseling Practice: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (Reaffirmed October 2009)

    Radtke, H.B., Sebold, C.D., Allison, C., Larsen Haidle, J., Schneider,G.
    J Genet Couns, 16(3): 387-407 (2007).

    NSGC Practice Guidleine: Prenatal Screening and Diagnostic Testing Options for Chromosome Aneuploidy

    K.L. Wilson, J.L. Czerqinski, J.M. Hoskovec, S.J. Noblin, C.M. Sullivan, A. Harbison, M.W. Campion, K. Devary, P.Devers, C.N. Singletary. J Genet Couns, 22(1): 4-15 (2013).

    Identification of Individuals at Risk for Lynch Syndrome Using Targeted Evaluations and Genetic Testing: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer Joint Practice Guideline

    Scott M. Weissman, Randall Burt, James Church, Steve Erdman, Heather Hampel, Spring Holter, Kory Jasperson, Matt F. Kalady, Joy Larsen Haidle and Henry T. Lynch, et al. J Genet Couns, 21(4): 484-93 (2012)

    NSGC Practice Resources, by Topic

    Alzheimer Disease

    Genetic Counseling and Testing for Alzheimer Disease: Joint Practice Guidelines of the American College of Medical Genetics and the National Society of Genetic Counselors  (Reclassified 2016)

    Jill S. Goldman, MS, MPhil, Susan E. Hahn, MS, Jennifer Williamson Catania, MS, MPH, Susan LaRusse-Eckert, MS, Melissa Barber Butson, ScM, Malia Rumbaugh, MS, Michelle N. Strecker, MS, J. Scott Roberts, PhD, Wylie Burke, MD, PhD, Richard Mayeux, MD, MSc, and Thomas Bird, MD J Genet Med, 13(6): 597-605 (2011).

    Retired NSGC Practice Guidelines, by Topic

    Recurrent Miscarriage

    Genetic Counseling and Evaluation of Couples with Recurrent Miscarriage: Recommendations of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (Retired 2016)

    Laurino, M.Y., Bennett, R.L., Saraiya, D.S., Baumeister, L., Doyle D.L., Leppig, K., et al.
    J Genet Couns, 14(3): 165-181 (2005).


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