Professional Issues

Genetic Information and Discrimination: A Policy Analysis

Cindy Snyder

genetics, genetic counseling, ethics, health policy
CJON 2011, 15(3), 330-332. DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.330-332

Because of the Human Genome Project, nurses increasingly must understand how genetics impact health and treatment decisions. Although the sequencing of the human genome was crucial, the next step is advancing the understanding of genomics, interpreting genetic information, and using that information to improve health care, particularly for patients with cancer. Oncology nurses are in a position to educate and provide appropriate counseling to patients unsure about genetic testing.

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