Predictive Genetic Testing in Urology: Ethical and Social Issues
In order to maximize the benefits of predictive genetic testing in urology, the potential ethical and social risks must be identified and minimized. Necessary steps include providing adequate information for patients and families; preparing them to receive test results; maintaining confidentiality to avoid social stigma and discrimination; preserving the principal of solidarity to provide assurances of medical care and social support for persons at risk of genetic illness; and avoiding inappropriate social pressure to prevent the birth of at-risk individuals. Health professionals must play a significant role in helping individuals, families, and society in general to make sound testing decisions and policy.
Place of Original Publication
World Journal of Urology
21 World Journal of Urology 433 (2004)
Mehlman, Maxwell J., "Predictive Genetic Testing in Urology: Ethical and Social Issues" (2004). Faculty Publications. 934.