Category: genetic counseling
How Accessible Are Genetics Providers and How Can Access Be Increased?
The increase in clinical genetic testing, as well as direct-to-consumer testing, means a growing demand for genetic counseling services, which are often provided by genetic counselors. If patients are referred for genetic counseling, what barriers might they face in accessing these services? How can genetic counselors help address these barriers? Lack of State Licensure Currently, Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
Genetic Counseling in the Time of COVID-19
Genetic counselors play an important role in clinical genetics by helping patients understand their genetic health risks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most clinics and hospitals have restricted in-person delivery of non-essential healthcare services, including genetic counseling, to slow the spread of the virus. However, delaying genetic counseling can be problematic, for example, when genetic Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
How Genetic Counselors are Dealing with Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
After receiving ancestry information from a direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing company, Ellen Matloff, a certified genetic counselor and frequent writer about the limitations of DTC tests, downloaded her raw data file from their website for interpretation by a third party service. She was shocked to see that her raw data included a variant for Lynch Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
Satisfying Popular Curiosity: What Is Genetic Counseling?
As 2018 comes to a close and the data comes rolling in, it can officially be said that “genetic counseling” was the most popular search term in the Public Health Genomics Knowledge Base (PHGKB). Genetic counseling is one of the fastest growing careers in the country, with a growth rate of 29% since 2016, according Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
From Genetic Counseling in Individuals to Cascade Screening in Populations: An Emerging Role for Public Health Practice
There are more than 2500 diseases for which genetic testing is currently available. Most of these diseases are individually rare conditions but collectively affect millions of individuals and families worldwide. Genetic diseases are usually caused by mutations in one or a few genes that may confer a high risk of illness, disability and early death. Read More >Posted on by 1 Comment