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How would you start a letter to a family telling them their child has a genetic disease?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Always Face to Face

I always make the time to give this information personally.
I have also found that doing it the format of a house call is the most effective, unless the patient happens to be hospitalized at the time.

In brief: Always Face to Face

I always make the time to give this information personally.
I have also found that doing it the format of a house call is the most effective, unless the patient happens to be hospitalized at the time.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
And give the information to both parents at the same time. Since they may not hear everything you tell them the first time, provide written information on & resources for the condition & schedule a 2nd visit. If it is an inheritable disorder, assure them that nothing they did during their lifetime caused it.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: In person...

I would never convey that kind of sensitive information in a letter..
.Face to face would be my call; with preparedness to discuss all the ramifications and options to the family of said "disease".

In brief: In person...

I would never convey that kind of sensitive information in a letter..
.Face to face would be my call; with preparedness to discuss all the ramifications and options to the family of said "disease".
Dr. Paul Cohen
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