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Working towards ethical management of genetic testing

Working towards ethical management of genetic testing
Working towards ethical management of genetic testing
Developments in genetic testing and increased public awareness of inherited disease have led to increasing interest in and concern about the ethical issues raised by clinical genetics. We looked at methods for ethical management of genetic testing, and investigated the advantages and limitations of use of ethical guidelines in clinical genetics. We believe that a key element in successful management of genetic testing in addition to guidelines will be availability of ethics training and support for geneticists, nurses, and counsellors. Clinical ethics committees and clinical ethicists can act as a useful focus for such training and advice if their role is seen to be genuinely supportive by health professionals and patients. We also argue that increased public involvement at the national level in policy debate about control of genetic testing is needed.
0140-6736
1685-1688
Parker, Michael
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Lucassen, Anneke
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Parker, Michael
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Lucassen, Anneke
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Parker, Michael and Lucassen, Anneke (2002) Working towards ethical management of genetic testing. The Lancet, 360 (9346), 1685-1688. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(02)11608-4).

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Abstract

Developments in genetic testing and increased public awareness of inherited disease have led to increasing interest in and concern about the ethical issues raised by clinical genetics. We looked at methods for ethical management of genetic testing, and investigated the advantages and limitations of use of ethical guidelines in clinical genetics. We believe that a key element in successful management of genetic testing in addition to guidelines will be availability of ethics training and support for geneticists, nurses, and counsellors. Clinical ethics committees and clinical ethicists can act as a useful focus for such training and advice if their role is seen to be genuinely supportive by health professionals and patients. We also argue that increased public involvement at the national level in policy debate about control of genetic testing is needed.

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Published date: 2002
Organisations: Cancer Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 26512
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/26512
ISSN: 0140-6736
PURE UUID: b7eb1ce8-8ce3-4e96-a872-debf5114095e

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Date deposited: 21 Apr 2006
Last modified: 05 Oct 2018 12:04

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