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Definition

The process of helping people understand and adapt to the genetic, medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.

Use in clinical context

Genetic counselling is an important part of genetic and genomic testing. Often it is performed by genetic councillors, but it is a process that can be performed by any health professional with appropriate training. With the increased use of genomic testing within healthcare the need for more genetic counsellors is likely to increase.

Last updated on 6th June, 2019