Read More: Easy-to-read, but thorough test results report
With a standard CMA service, test results are usually only one or two pages in length and are often difficult to interpret.
A lot of time can be spent by a healthcare provider trying to research the information provided in the test result and then explain the often times complex findings to families. What Lineagen does through our FirstStepDx PLUS® CMA service is providing a comprehensive report that always has two sections: A provider results section as well as a family results section.
Provider results section
The provider results section is going to contain the standard information that a provider expects from a laboratory:
- All of the demographic information on the patient for whom the test was ordered.
- The date the test was ordered.
- The date the sample was collected.
- A table showing the genetic variant or variance identified.
- The methodology and the platform used for the test.
- Citations of all scientific articles used to write the report.
Family results section
Lineagen goes on to add a whole second layer, the family results section. The family results section is provided to every doctor, but it can easily then be provided to the patient and family.
The family results section is written at an eighth or ninth grade reading level that doesn't require the family to have a medical background to read it. It has pictures and definitions about some of the genetic terms used. And it even has links to support groups or family advocacy groups where the parents can talk to others who have had the same diagnosis and who've experienced some of the same challenges their child may be experiencing.