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Privacy: Confidentiality and Responsibility

  1. Fiona M Robson

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005192



How to Cite

Robson, F. M. 2006. Privacy: Confidentiality and Responsibility. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006


There may be conflict between the right of an individual to retain their genetic privacy and the right of family members who have serious claims to that information for reasons of their own health. Complex issues can be behind these difficulties for patients and practitioners in the struggle to resolve such dilemmas.


  • genetic privacy;
  • confidentiality;
  • family dynamics;
  • grief;
  • ethics