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Genetic and Genomic Testing in Clinical Practice: What You Need to Know

Authors

  • Theresa A. Beery PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, CNE

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute for Nursing Research and Scholarship, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, USA
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      Theresa A. Beery, Professor, Director of the Center for Educational Research Scholarship and Innovation, Institute for Nursing Research and Scholarship, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, 3110 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45221-0038.

      E-mail: theresa.beery@uc.edu

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Abstract

The clinical applications of genetic testing are growing rapidly and they now account for a significant percentage of total laboratory testing procedures. Many clinicians are uncomfortable with the types and applications of genetic tests and the dependable resources that are available for self-education. Furthermore, Direct to Consumer genetic testing has presented several challenges to healthcare providers as consumers now have an access to tests that they may not fully understand and results they may act upon inappropriately. This article presents some of the issues and resources to help nurses navigate this changing landscape.

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