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Hastings Cent Rep. 1989 Jul-Aug;19(4):S20-4.

Ethics and genetics: an international survey.

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Wertz and Fletcher briefly summarize the findings of their 1985-86 survey of responses to ethical dilemmas by medical geneticists in 19 countries. Geneticists identified six categories of ethical problems encountered in practice: (1) the duty to warn third parties of genetic harm vs. the duty to preserve patient confidentiality; and (2) full disclosure of sensitive information; (3) full disclosure of test results; (4) directive vs. nondirective counseling; (5) patient requests for prenatal diagnosis without medical indication; and (6) mandatory vs. voluntary screening programs and access by third parties to test results. Survey participants ranked issues that they believed would be of greatest ethical concern to their field within the next 10 to 15 years. The authors caution that issues seen as less problematic by medical geneticists may be those of most concern to the public.

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