The Parent PrU: A measure to assess personal utility of pediatric genomic results

Erin Turbitt, Jennefer N. Kohler, Kyle B. Brothers, Simon M. Outram, Christine Rini, Nuriye Sahin-Hodoglugil, Michael C. Leo, Barbara B. Biesecker

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Purpose: We aimed to adapt and validate an existing patient-reported outcome measure, the personal-utility (PrU) scale, for use in the pediatric genomic context. Methods: We adapted the adult version of the PrU and obtained feedback from 6 parents whose child had undergone sequencing. The resulting measure, the Parent PrU, was administered to parents of children in 4 pediatric cohorts of the Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research consortium after they received their children's genomic results. We investigated the measure's structural validity and internal consistency. Results: We conducted a principal-axis factor analysis with oblimin rotation on data from 755 participants to determine structural validity. These analyses yielded a 3-factor solution, accounting for 76% of the variance in the 16 items. We used Cronbach's α to assess the internal consistency of each factor: (1) child benefits (α =.95), (2) affective parent benefits (α =.90), and (3) parent control (α =.94). Conclusion: Our evidence suggests that the Parent PrU scale has potential as a measure for assessing parent-reported personal utility of their children's genomic results. Additional research is needed to further validate the Parent PrU scale, including by comparing its findings with utility assessments reported by clinicians and children themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100994
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Health services evaluation
  • Parent benefits
  • Patient-reported outcome measure
  • Perceived value
  • Psychometrics


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