Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is a relatively new form of genetic testing that allows consumers to collect a sample of their DNA, mail it to a company, and receive a report on their possible future genetic risk of disease. However, consumers may receive confusing or unexpected results and may not receive competent guidance from a genetic health professional. This module provides an overview of the types of genetic testing available and the types available through direct-to-consumer genetic test companies and also discusses the advantages and drawbacks of DTC testing. Healthcare professionals in all practice settings will play a role in the delivery of genetic information to the public.
The purpose of this program is to familiarize nurses, fitness professionals, and health educators with direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing kits, their benefits and drawbacks, and the role of healthcare professionals in helping consumers make educated decisions about their use. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the types of genetic testing available and the types available through DTC genetic test companies
- Explain the possible benefits and drawbacks to DTC genetic testing
- Describe three patient education points involving DTC genetic testing that a clinical nurse specialist trained in genetics may provide to patients
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, fitness professionals and health educators.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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