Concern for families and individuals in clinical genetics


Parker, M. and Lucassen, A. (2003) Concern for families and individuals in clinical genetics. Journal of Medical Ethics, 29, (2), 70-73.

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Clinical geneticists are increasingly confronted with ethical tensions between their responsibilities to individual patients and to other family members. This paper considers the ethical implications of a "familial" conception of the clinical genetics role. It argues that dogmatic adherence to either the familial or to the individualistic conception of clinical genetics has the potential to lead to significant harms and to fail to take important obligations seriously.

Geneticists are likely to continue to be required to make moral judgments in the resolution of such tensions and may find it useful to have access to ethics training and support.

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Keywords: clinical genetics, genetic counselling, genetic information
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Cancer Sciences
ePrint ID: 26513
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:15
Contact Email Address: michael.parker@ethox.ox.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/26513

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