Identifying individuals who might benefit from genetic services and information
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Identifying individuals who might benefit from genetic services and information

Chris Jacobs Consultant genetic counsellor in cancer, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Christine Patch Genetics and genetic counsellor manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London

This is the second in a series of articles on genetics. This article focuses on competency 1 of the revised framework for genetics/genomics for nurses. The authors discuss the importance of nurses identifying individuals who may benefit from genetic services. Recording a family history and drawing a family tree are useful skills that will help to identify these individuals and inform the healthcare team. The article explains when to refer individuals to genetic services and what they may expect from these referrals.

Nursing Standard. 28, 9,37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.10.28.9.37.e7514

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 07 January 2013

Accepted: 21 May 2013