Unique characteristics of informed consent in clinical genetics and genetic counselling

Unique characteristics of informed consent in clinical genetics and genetic counselling
Havlovicová M, Curtisová V, Šubrt I
Journal of Czech Physicians, 2019 Spring; 158(1) pp 38-43
Abstract
Rapid development of clinical genetics was enabled by the advances of molecular genetic laboratory diagnostics. Genetic laboratory testing has unique characteristics, and results of germinal genome testing has consequences not only for the patient but also for his relatives. Genetic laboratory testing in the Czech Republic is governed by the act no. 373/2011, which explicitly states that the testing requires the completion of a written informed consent. This article explains in detail the process of obtaining an informed consent within a broader framework of genetic counselling. An informed consent with genetic laboratory testing not only informs the patient (this being its primary purpose), but can also serve as a lead for physicians of other clinical specialties intending to order genetic laboratory tests.

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