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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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