Term Genetic Counseling
Code LJ-2000.2500
Definition Programs that apply what is known about human genetics to advise prospective parents who are concerned about the recurrence of hereditary problems or abnormalities in their offspring or for others (adults and children) who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions and need information about their own prospects for health. Genetic counseling is also routinely offered to women, usually age 35 and older, who are considering a first pregnancy. Genetic counselors identify families at risk, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence and review available options with the family. They also provide supportive counseling to families, serve as patient advocates and refer individuals and families to community or state support services.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 5/4/10
Use References
See Also References Adoptive Child Genetic History Search (PH-0300.0490)
Cleft Lip/Palate Clinics (LT-1750.1550)
Gene Therapy (LT-2000)
Genetic Discrimination Assistance (FT-1800.2500)
Genetic Discrimination Protection Laws Enactment/Enforcement (DF-8000.3030)
Genetics Research (TR-1000.2500)
Genetic Testing and Screening (LF-5350)
Preconception Care (LJ-5000.6570)
Prenatal Evaluation (LF-7300)
Teratogenic Counseling (LJ-2000.8600)
External Classification Terms Family Planning (NPC E13.02)
Family Planning (Comprehensive) (UW
Genetic Counseling (UW
Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (USA HC-300)
Medical Genetics (NPC G03.06)
Reproductive Health Care (NTE E40)
Related Concepts Disabilities
Facet Service
Bibliographic References “Ask NOAH About Pregnancy: Genetic Counseling”, New York Online Access to Health (NOAH), March of Dimes (NOAH provider), http://www.noah-health.org/english/pregnancy/march_of_dimes/genetics/gcbooklt.html NOTE: this document is no longer available.

“Genetic Counseling” by Nancy Arnott, Childbirth Solutions, Inc. website, http://www.childbirthsolutions.com/articles/preconception/geneticcounseling/index.php

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, Editions 15 and 18, F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, 1985. Used with permission.

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