What is pre-test counselling?

Pre-test counselling is a process to give informed consent for genetic testing. It is a requirement to have this before any genetic tests are done.

The discussion includes:

  • Genetic information relevant to testing and the disease tested for
  • Benefits and limitations of genetic testing
    • Potential insurance implications for yourself and family/relatives
  • Possible outcome of results including implications for family members
  • Psychosocial issues and anticipated reaction to results
  • Previous and current mental health history, and emotional support during and after genetic testing
  • Sharing information with family members
  • Reproductive options, if relevant
    • Treatment and screening options
    • Referral to geneticists/other specialists as required

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