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Predictive testing by means of gene probes was offered to 110 adults at risk of Huntington's disease (HD). A further 91 individuals spontaneously sought predictive testing. Acceptance rates were highest (85.1%) amongst 47 individuals who spontaneously sought testing and were referred from outside the region, and lowest (15.5%) among the 110 invited to(More)
Eighty-one subjects (56 affected patients and 25 parents of isolated affected cases) from 63 families with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) on the North Western Regional Genetic Family Register (NWRGFR) were interviewed. Patients were interviewed either before (n = 26) or after (n = 55) genetic counselling. In the group as a whole, knowledge of the clinical(More)
Patients attending genetic clinics are often the main gatekeepers of information for other family members. There has been much debate about the circumstances under which professionals may have an obligation, or may be permitted, to pass on personal genetic information about their clients but without their consent to other family members. We report findings(More)
One hundred and ninety subjects from 100 adult polycystic kidney disease (APKD) families on the North Western Regional Genetic Register were interviewed to determine the likely demand for prenatal diagnosis. A detailed questionnaire was used to assess understanding and experience of clinical, therapeutic, and genetic aspects of APKD. Major features of the(More)
In many cases, X-linked conditions are transmitted through families "silently" until the first affected individual is diagnosed. Grandmothers are often then tested to help determine the risk to other family members. To date, psychosocial research on carriers of X-linked conditions has focused primarily on mothers and sisters of affected males. In the wider(More)
While debate has focused on whether testing of minors for late onset genetic disorders should be carried out if there is no medical benefit, less is known about the impact on young people (<25 years) who have had predictive testing often many years before the likely onset of symptoms. We looked at the experiences of young people who had had predictive(More)
Genetic nurses and counsellors work as part of the professional team providing clinical genetic services from regional centres in the United Kingdom. The education and training needs of genetic nurses and counsellors have not previously been formally identified. The guidelines presented have been devised to equip practitioners to fulfil their professional(More)
The pedigrees of 192 subjects at risk of Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, or balanced chromosome translocations attending three regional genetic clinics were inspected to identify relatives who were themselves at high risk of these disorders. Of the 342 relatives eligible for inclusion, 43% (63/147) of the register relatives and(More)