About the Genetic Counseling category

Please use this subcategory to discuss papers related to the practice of genetic counseling.

Potential paper topics to be covered here:

  • Expansion of genetic counseling into primary care and other medical specialties
  • Genetic test utilization management (UM)
  • Evaluation of new methods of genetic counseling delivery (internet, telephone, educational videos)
  • Improvement of genetic counseling practice
  • Psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling
  • International genetic counseling
  • Patient advocacy & public health genetics policy
  • Medical ethics behind genetic testing on an individual and population level
  • Practice within specialties: Cancer, Prenatal, Pediatric, Cardiovascular, Neurology, etc.

For further engagement with medical and public health genetics, see the subcategories Medicine > Clinical Genetics and Public Health > Public Health Genetics. For more discussion of medical ethics, see Bioethics.

Genetic counselors are professionals who have specialized education in genetics and counseling to provide personalized help patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health. Today, there are close to 5,000 certified genetic counselors.

Genetic counselors have advanced training in medical genetics and counseling to interpret genetic test results and to guide and support patients seeking more information about such things as:

  • How inherited diseases and conditions might affect them or their families.
  • How family and medical histories may impact the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
  • Which genetic tests may or may not be right for them, and what those tests may or may not tell.
  • How to make the most informed choices about healthcare conditions.

For more information on the profession of genetic counseling see NSGC.org and http://www.aboutgeneticcounselors.com