Genetic counseling

Kimberly A. Quaid, Lisa J. Cushman

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A communication process, which deals with the human problems associated with the occurrence, or the risk of occurrence, of a genetic disorder in a family. Involves an attempt by one or more appropriately trained persons to help the individual or family to: Comprehend the medical facts, including the diagnosis, probable course of the disorder, and available management Appreciate the way heredity contributes to the disorder and the risk of recurrence in specified relatives Understand the alternatives for dealing with the risk of recurrence Choose the course of action, which seems to them appropriate in view of their risk, their family goals, and their ethical and religious standards and to act in accordance with that decision To make the best possible adjustment to the disorder in an affected family member and/or to the risk of recurrence of that disorder (ASHG, 1975)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMolecular Genetic Pathology
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781588299741
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Quaid, K. A., & Cushman, L. J. (2008). Genetic counseling. In Molecular Genetic Pathology (pp. 405-413). Humana Press.