Counsellors do not have to be genetic nurse specialists

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7035.908b (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:908
  1. Peter Kent
  1. Director Family and Adult Support Services, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Bromley, Kent BR1 3RS

    EDITOR,—It is interesting that authors of papers on screening for cystic fibrosis and other genetic disorders take it for granted that carriers should be counselled by genetic nurse specialists.1 The implication is that only a genetic nurse specialist will, or even could, have the required understanding and knowledge. It also seems to be unquestioningly accepted that all genetic nurse specialists are trained counsellors. I wonder if I am alone in questioning this received wisdom.

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