Should physicians warn patients' relatives of genetic risks?

Lacroix, Mireille; Nycum, Gillian; Godard, Béatrice; Knoppers, Bartha Maria
February 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/26/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 5, p593
Academic Journal
The article examines whether physicians should warn patients' relatives of genetic risks. The study presents a case-based approach to address the ethical and legal issues surrounding physicians' duty to warn family members of genetic risk. It highlights several key points on the topic. According to the study, protecting confidentiality and preventing harm to family members may create a dilemma for physicians. It also states that requiring patients to agree with disclosure before genetic testing can lead to coercion and consequent reluctance to seek testing, which would effectively deprive patients and their relatives of genetic information.


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