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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 633-635

Scope of genetic counseling in reducing the magnitude ofhereditary disorders: developing nations' perspective

Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Shrivastava Saurabh RamBihariLal
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, 3rd Floor, Ammapettai Village, Thiruporur, Guduvancherry Main Road, Sembakkam Post, Kancheepuram - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/1110-2098.215468

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Genetic counseling is defined as a process of communication and education, which addresses concerns relating to the development and/or transmission of a hereditary disorder. Despite the proven utility of genetic counseling in improving the clinical outcome and quality-of-life of people, its overall contribution in the health sector has remained far from expected. Recognizing the scope of genetic counseling, the need of the hour is to deliver easily accessible and quality-assured genetic counseling services to the entire population. In conclusion, global expansion of genetic counseling services is the need of the hour, to have a significant impact on the patient-related clinical outcomes and on the psychosocial concerns of the family members.

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