Interaction of genetic counselors with molecular genetic testing laboratories: Implications for non-geneticist health care providers

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Abstract

The availability of molecular genetic tests for the identification of mutant gene carriers, and for assessing individual genetic response to pharmacologic agents, infectious agents, and other environmental exposures, is expected to result in the increased use of the molecular genetic testing laboratory by primary care physicians. However, a number of concerns have been raised about such testing including the need for safeguards to protect patient privacy, and if the interface between genetic testing laboratories and the ordering physician facilitates the appropriate clinical use of the test result. In this study, genetic counselors were surveyed to determine their practices with regard to the clinical issues of informed consent and confidentiality in the context of genetic testing, and to assess their level of satisfaction with the reporting practices of molecular genetic testing laboratories. The results of this survey revealed that there is variability in the practices of genetic counselors with regard to obtaining informed consent, and that there are areas for improvement with regard to molecular genetic test reports, particularly in terms of interpretation of results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-301
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A
Volume119 A
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2003

Keywords

  • Genetic laboratory reports
  • Molecular genetic testing

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