Disclosing Secondary Findings from Pediatric Sequencing to Families: Considering the "Benefit to Families"

J Law Med Ethics. 2015 Fall;43(3):552-8. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12298.


Secondary findings for adult-onset diseases in pediatric clinical sequencing can benefit parents or other family members. In the absence of data showing harm, it is ethically reasonable for parents to request such information, because in other types of medical decision-making, they are often given discretion unless their decisions clearly harm the child. Some parents might not want this information because it could distract them from focusing on the child's underlying condition that prompted sequencing. Collecting family impact data may improve future policy determinations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Counseling / ethics
  • Decision Making / ethics
  • Disclosure / ethics*
  • Family*
  • Genetic Testing / ethics
  • Humans
  • Sequence Analysis*