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Fifteen-minute consultation: How to approach the initial discussions of dysmorphism with parents
  1. Kate Frances Parmenter1,
  2. Sharon English1,
  3. Jennifer Campbell2
  1. 1 Neonatology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  2. 2 Clinical Genetics, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kate Frances Parmenter; kate.parmenter{at}


Approaching discussions and introducing the idea of dysmorphology to parents and families can be perceived as difficult and even daunting by health professionals resulting in uneasiness in how best to initiate important dialogues sensitively and accessibly.

Here, we offer a structured approach to the assessment of, and subsequent initial discussion around, dysmorphism and potential syndromic features in babies and children.

  • Neonatology
  • Genetics
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal

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  • Contributors KFP devised this project with senior oversight of SE and JC.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.