Genetic Counseling and the Physician-Patient Relationship

Nancy P. Callanan, Bonnie S. Leroy

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Health care professionals need to understand the limitations and applications of genetic testing, predictions of clinical significance and be able to accurately convey that information to the patient. The goals of genetic counseling and the nature of the physician-patient relationship are reexamined from the perspectives of trust, nondirectiveness, and informed choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGenetic Testing
Subtitle of host publicationCare, Consent, and Liability
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)0471649872, 9780471649878
StatePublished - Jan 4 2006


  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Genetic counseling
  • Informed choice
  • Nondirectiveness
  • Patient autonomy
  • Physician-patient relationship
  • Trust


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