Genetic testing resources for health professionals
Genetic testing refers to a broad range of applications from family history collection and assessment to whole genome screening. Each test has its own benefits and limitations based on both the specific technology used and the indication for the test. The resources below explore different types of genetic testing and their applications.
Pretest Counseling Key Points Factsheet. Outlines key points to address during pretest counseling.
Nomenclature Factsheet. Defines terms and abbreviations commonly used by laboratories to describe variants.
Results Interpretation Tool. Provides a table to help interpret positive, negative, and uncertain results from cancer genetic testing.
Genetic Testing Methods eBook. Provides information about different genetic testing methods currently used in testing for hereditary cancer syndromes (enhanced e-book available for download).
Communicating Risk Factsheet. Outlines key points to consider when communicating risk to patients.
Components of a Cancer Genetic Counseling Session Factsheet. Discusses the core components of a cancer genetic counseling session.
Accessing Genetic Services Tool. Lists tools and websites to help find genetics professionals and provides patient talking points about referring to genetics.
GINA Discussion Guide. Provides talking points and key information about genetic discrimination and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which protects individuals from the misuse of genetic information in health insurance and employment.
Communicating with Family Factsheet. Provides tips for the provider to assist in family communication about genetic testing and risk.
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