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What is a genetic consultation?

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A genetic consultation is a health service that provides information and support to people who have, or may be at risk for, genetic disorders. During a consultation, a genetics professional meets with an individual or family to discuss genetic risks or to diagnose, confirm, or rule out a genetic condition.

Genetics professionals include medical geneticists (doctors who specialize in genetics) and genetic counselors (certified healthcare workers with experience in medical genetics and counseling). Other healthcare professionals such as nurses, psychologists, and social workers trained in genetics can also provide genetic consultations.

Consultations usually take place in a doctor’s office, hospital, genetics center, or other type of medical center. These meetings are most often in-person visits with individuals or families, but they are occasionally conducted in a group or over the telephone.

For more information about genetic consultations:

MedlinePlus offers a list of links to information about genetic counselingThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference..

Additional background information is provided by the National Genome Research Institute in its Frequently Asked Questions About Genetic CounselingThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference..

Information about genetic counseling, including the different types of counseling, is available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the booklet Making Sense of Your Genes: A Guide to Genetic CounselingThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference..

The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance provides an overview of geneticists and genetic counselorsThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference..

The Centre for Genetics Education also offers an introduction to genetic counselingThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference..


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Published: September 29, 2014