Technologies


Evidence-based educational resources for healthcare providers on genomic technologies. 

Chromosomal microarray

GEC-KO on the run: A 2-page, evidence-based summary for healthcare providers. Features a bottom line, red flags to consider microarray testing and/or genetic referral, what the results mean, resources. (Updated June 2019)

Chromosomal microarray – PRENATAL

GEC-KO on the run: A 3-page, evidence-based summary for healthcare providers.  Features a bottom line, red flag for who may be offered testing, what the results mean, resources. (Updated Oct 2015)

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing

GEC-KO on the run: A 2-page, evidence-based summary for healthcare providers. Features a bottom line, what the results mean, benefits and limitations of testing, resources (Updated Oct 2017)

Expanded carrier screening 

Point of care tool: Expanded carrier screening refers to reproductive genetic carrier screening beyond one’s ethnicity and family history.  Here is a pair of point of care tools for health care providers containing tips for offering expanded carrier screening and information on possible results and what to do next. (Updated March 2017)

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)

GEC-KO on the run: A 3-page, evidence-based summary for healthcare providers.  Features a bottom line, current Canadian recommendations, red flags to consider offer of NIPT, what the results mean, benefits and limitations of the test (Updated Oct 2017)

[A Guide to Understanding] Prenatal Screening 

Patient resource: This resource can be used by providers and patients to discuss and decide about prenatal genetic screening in pregnancy. Information is divided into easy to digest sections. (Updated Jan 2019)

Whole Exome and Genome Sequencing

Outside resource:  

Brochures, education modules and YouTube videos on whole genome and whole exome sequencing produced by The Centre for Genetic Medicine of SickKids. (Accessed June 2020)

GEC-KO aims to aid the practicing non-genetics health professional by providing informed opinions regarding genetic/genomic conditions, services and technologies that have been developed in a rigorous and evidence-based manner with periodic updating.  The content on the GEC-KO site is for educational purposes only.  No resource should be used as a substitute for clinical judgement.  GEC-KO assumes no responsibility or liability resulting from the use of information contained herein.

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