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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2011 Feb;27(1):54-63. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2010.11.007.

Ethical, legal, psychosocial, and cultural implications of genomics for oncology nurses.

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  • 1School of Nursing, and Ethics Education, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. jtwomey@mghihp.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To summarize the role of oncology nurses in the ethical, legal, psychosocial, and cultural issues inherent in genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk and to describe the recent trend and implications of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

DATA SOURCES:

Published articles/books, legal rulings, professional organization statements.

CONCLUSIONS:

Ethical, legal, psychosocial, and cultural implications are inherent in the growing field of genetic science that is transforming modern health care.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Nurses have a duty to be knowledgeable about and advocate for the ethical integration of genetic/genomic information into their patient's health care.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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