uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
The role of the genetic counsellor: a systematic review of research evidence
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Lifestyle and rehabilitation in long term illness.
Show others and affiliations
2015 (English)In: European Journal of Human Genetics, ISSN 1018-4813, E-ISSN 1476-5438, Vol. 23, no 4, 452-458 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Europe, genetic counsellors are employed in specialist genetic centres or other specialist units. According to the European Board of Medical Genetics, the genetic counsellor must fulfil a range of roles, including provision of information and facilitation of psychosocial adjustment of the client to their genetic status and situation. To evaluate the extent to which genetic counsellors fulfil their prescribed roles, we conducted a systematic review of the published relevant scientific evidence. We searched five relevant electronic databases (Medline, CINAHL, SocIndex, AMED and PsychInfo) using relevant search terms and handsearched four subject-specific journals for research-based papers published in English between 1 January 2000 and 30 June 2013. Of 419 potential papers identified initially, seven satisfied the inclusion criteria for the review. Themes derived from the thematic analysis of the data were: (i) rationale for genetic counsellors to provide care, (ii) appropriate roles and responsibilities and (iii) the types of conditions included in the genetic counsellor caseload. The findings of this systematic review indicate that where genetic counsellors are utilised in specialist genetic settings, they undertake a significant workload associated with direct patient care and this appears to be acceptable to patients. With the burden on genetic services, there is an argument for the increased use of genetic counsellors in countries where they are under-utilised. In addition, roles undertaken by genetic counsellors in specialist genetic settings could be adapted to integrate genetic counsellors into multidisciplinary teams in other specialisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 23, no 4, 452-458 p.
National Category
Medical Genetics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251675DOI: 10.1038/ejhg.2014.116ISI: 000350878200007PubMedID: 24916644OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-251675DiVA: diva2:807770
Available from: 2015-04-24 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2015-04-24Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMed

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Ingvoldstad, Charlotta
By organisation
Lifestyle and rehabilitation in long term illness
In the same journal
European Journal of Human Genetics
Medical Genetics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 220 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link