Implications and impact of genetic testing
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Implications and impact of genetic testing

Penny Howard Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery, University of Nottingham
Sara Pasalodos-Sanchez Genetic counsellor, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Paul Scotting Associate professor and reader, Development and cancer biology, School of Biology, University of Nottingham

Penny Howard and colleagues explore the psychosocial, ethical and legal aspects of screening, and the wider significance of the results

This article explores the psychosocial, ethical and legal aspects of genetic testing, and the wider implications of genetic test results. Irrespective of whether genetic testing is undertaken for diagnostic or predictive reasons, the potential consequences of testing and the subsequent results may have a significant impact on the individual and family members. It is essential that healthcare professionals follow national and international genetic testing guidelines to safeguard individuals and provide support for those considering and undergoing genetic testing.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 12, 9, 25-30. doi: 10.7748/cnp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 23 September 2013

Accepted: 10 October 2013