5.1 Role of Genetic CounselingGenetic counselors help identify families at possible risk of a genetic condition by gathering and analyzing family history and inheritance patterns and calculating chances of recurrence.
They provide information about genetic testing and related procedures.
Why would a family use a genetic counselor what purpose do they serve?
Genetic counselors work as part of a health care team, providing information and support to families affected by or at risk of a genetic disorder. In particular, genetic counselors can help families to understand the significance of genetic disorders in the context of cultural, personal, and familial situations.
What are 5 things a genetic counselor does for a family?
What Do Genetic Counselors Do?
- Prenatal and Preconception – for those who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.
- Pediatric – for children and their family members.
- Cancer – for patients with cancer and their family members.
- Cardiovascular – for patients with diseases of the heart or circulatory system and their family members.
What is included in genetic counseling?
Genetic counseling is the process of advising individuals and families affected by or at risk of genetic disorders to help them understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.
What are some possible outcomes of genetic counseling?
Outcomes and Benefits of Genetic Counseling
- Provision of information and acquisition of knowledge.
- Immediate psychosocial support.
- Long‐term psychosocial support.
- Anticipatory guidance.
- Facilitating family communication.
- Aid in decision making.