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Human Genetics Society of Australasia Position Statement: Use of Human Genetic and Genomic Information in Healthcare Settings

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posted on 2021-12-25, 00:00 authored by S Ayres, J Boyle, A J Newson, Jacqueline SavardJacqueline Savard, J Mansour
AbstractHuman genetic and genomic information (HGI) is being generated, utilized and accessed across a wide range of healthcare settings. While traditionally clinical genetics services have maintained guardianship and enforced rigid protections of human genetic information, this is no longer practical or feasible as genetic knowledge continues to evolve, expand and inform various aspects of healthcare. Today, many healthcare professionals of varied backgrounds and areas of expertise are looking to genetic and genomic information to screen and/or diagnose genetic conditions and to guide medical management and treatment options. This position statement provides guidance for all healthcare professionals who may be handling human genetic and/or genomic information as part of their practice and outlines considerations relevant to protection, storage, access and sharing of HGI in Australasia. Illustrative cases are used to highlight various sensitivities of genetic and genomic information and challenges these may pose in modern healthcare settings. In essence, this position statement seeks to highlight and advocate for both individual interests as well as the interests of the broader family network.

History

Journal

Twin Research and Human Genetics

Volume

24

Issue

6

Pagination

377 - 384

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Location

Cambridge, Eng.

ISSN

1832-4274

eISSN

1839-2628

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal