Genetics: uphold the rights of all clients to informed decision-making and voluntary action
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Genetics: uphold the rights of all clients to informed decision-making and voluntary action

Jo Haydon Genetic counsellor and nurse specialist in genetic education, Clinical Genetics Unit, Birmingham

This article discusses the rights of patients in relation to types of genetic tests and the broader implications for families. Use and misuse of genetic information is considered, including scenarios and points to consider. The use of a non-directive approach in genetic counselling is emphasised and multifactorial disorders, prenatal diagnosis and learning disabilities are discussed.

Nursing Standard. 20, 3, 48-51. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.09.20.3.48.c3965