Call Genetic Counselors, Maybe? | GenomeWeb

The steady rise of the numbers of genetic tests being used in clinical care, the ever-expanding number of known functional genetic markers, and the possibility that whole-genome sequencing may be used more widely in treatment, all suggest that there may be a need for more genetic counselors.

Telephone consultations could make it easier for patients and consumers to get more information about what tests and results mean, and these tele-sessions are likely just as effective as face-to-face visits, a new study says. It also could save money.

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