Reproductive Genetic Screening: A Public Health Perspective from the United Kingdom

Abstract

Public health has several roles in reproductive genetic screening. It should emphasize the voluntary nature of these programs and ensure that people are adequately informed before making decisions and supported afterward. It must ensure that a central coordinating body will monitor the implementation and the outcome of these programs. Public health must also ensure that the definition of ‘success’ or ‘failure’ of a program is not based on too narrow monetary calculations.

Keywords: screening; reproductive; genetic; policy; United Kingdom

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Web Links

The National Screening Committee Library. This is a library of literature published by the UK National Screening Committee of the Department of Health. It advises ministers on matters related to screening programmes http://www.doh.gov.uk/nsc/library/lib_ind.htm

Public Health Genetics Unit. The UK National Health Service funds the Public Health Genetics Unit. Its Web site provides news and information about advances in genetics and their impact on public health and the prevention of disease http://www.medinfo.cam.ac.uk/phgu

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Al‐Jader, Layla(Sep 2006) Reproductive Genetic Screening: A Public Health Perspective from the United Kingdom. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005640]