Predictive Genetic Testing: Psychological Impact

Abstract

Predictive genetic tests are deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests that predict the future of an asymptomatic person in regard to a specific disease that runs in the family. They require an adequate multidisciplinary counselling approach because the test result has consequences for the psychological well‐being of those tested and their families.

Keywords: predictive testing; neurodegenerative disease; hereditary cancer; hereditary heart disease; psychological impact; counselling

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Evers‐Kiebooms, Gerry, and Denayer, Lieve(Jul 2008) Predictive Genetic Testing: Psychological Impact. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005631.pub2]