The role of genetic counselors
Genetic counselors are health care professionals trained in genetics and psychology.
•Educate public about genetic information.
•Evaluate patient’s risk of genetic disease based on personal and family history.
•Determine whether and which genetic tests are appropriate.
•Counsel patients before and after genetic test results conveyed.
•Act as a resource for referral or support group information.
Types of genetic screening tests
Newborn screening tests
Genetic counseling issues
–Confidentiality within society
–Confidentiality within family
within the health care