Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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Kerzin-Storrar, L. 2006. Genetic Registers. eLS.
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
The term genetic registers has been used to describe a range of entities, including databases of research cases and samples, sources of epidemiological data and clinical record systems; however, the current usage refers to a genetic service that proactively offers genetic counseling and long-term follow-up to extended families affected by specified genetic conditions, over generations. While having a primary aim of promoting ongoing access to genetic counseling services to all family members at risk, the nature of a proactive, family-based service necessitates careful attention to potentially controversial issues.
Keywords: genetic counseling services; confidentiality; proactive counseling; register