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Nurs Ethics. 2012 Nov;19(6):819-28. doi: 10.1177/0969733011433924. Epub 2012 May 4.

Critical social theory approach to disclosure of genomic incidental findings.

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  • 1Rush University, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.


Technology has expanded genomic research and the complexity of extracted gene-related information. Health-related genomic incidental findings pose new dilemmas for nurse researchers regarding the ethical application of disclosure to participants. Consequently, informed consent specific to incidental findings is recommended. Critical Social Theory is used as a guide in recognition of the changing meaning of informed consent and to serve as a framework to inform nursing of the ethical application of disclosure consent in genomic nursing research practices.

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