A profile of the genetic counsellor and genetic nurse profession in European countries


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J Community Genet. 2012 January; 3(1): 19–24.
Published online 2011 December 14
PMCID: PMC3266962
1Department of Oncology and Haematology, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
2Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland
3La Timone Hospital, Marseille, France
4Clinical Genetics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
5Faculty of Health, Education and Society, Plymouth University, Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5YD UK
Heather Skirton, Phone: +44-1823-366911, Fax: +44-1823-366901,
Email: heather.skirton[at]plymouth.ac.uk
Received September 30, 2011
Accepted December 5, 2011
Copyright © Springer-Verlag 2011


Quality genetic healthcare services should be available throughout Europe. However, due to enhanced diagnostic and genetic testing options, the pressure on genetic counselling services has increased. It has been shown in many countries that appropriately trained genetic counsellors and genetic nurses can offer…

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