Genetic counseling is a communication process whereby an individual or family obtains information about a genetic condition, is helped to understand the implications and significance of the condition, and is given resources to help with coping and management. It is a continuous process involving lasting supportive relationships between the family and the genetic professional. Genetic counselors are master’s level–trained health-care professionals who work closely with pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists alike. Genetic counselors can be a source of information about genetic conditions, risk assessment for disease, and genetic testing. Although most of a genetic counselor’s job is patient care and education, genetic counselors also serve as resources to educate health professionals about genetics.
Genetic Counseling in Pediatrics
Mr Stein and Mss Loman and Zuck have disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this article. This commentary does not contain a discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
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Quinn Stein, Rebecca Loman, Taylor Zuck; Genetic Counseling in Pediatrics. Pediatr Rev July 2018; 39 (7): 323–331. https://doi.org/10.1542/pir.2017-0194
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