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Genetic testing and mental health: the model of Huntington disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11380269     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Genetic aspects of mental health disorders are being identified through human genome and family research. Gene discovery makes diagnostic and presymptomatic testing possible. The discovery of a gene mutation for Huntington Disease (HD) enables at-risk persons to request presymptomatic genetic testing. When HD genetic testing is offered through HD testing centers, a multi-visit protocol is followed in which education and counseling are provided for persons considering the option to have HD gene testing. A case study illustrates the clinical and ethical issues regarding privacy and disclosure as well as the personal and family consequences of gene mutation knowledge. Analysis of the impact of genetic knowledge on persons being tested for HD provides a model for the integration of emerging genetic information into mental health nursing practice for other mental health disorders.
J K Williams; D L Schutte
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Online journal of issues in nursing     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1091-3734     ISO Abbreviation:  Online J Issues Nurs     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-05-30     Completed Date:  2002-07-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9806525     Medline TA:  Online J Issues Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
The University of Iowa, College of Nursing, Iowa, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Genetic Counseling*
Genetic Privacy
Genetic Testing / nursing*,  psychology*
Huntington Disease / diagnosis*,  genetics,  psychology*
Mental Health*
Nurse Practitioners
Nurse's Role*
Nursing Care / methods
Patient Care Planning

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