Genetic Counseling and Informed Consent

Genetic counseling is a medical conversation with a healthcare provider who has specialized training in genetics. It helps people with concerns about genetic conditions or birth defects to: 1) understand their risk and how the condition can be passed on in the family, 2) understand whether and how the condition might be prevented, 3) understand additional screening recommendations, 4) know their treatment and testing options, and 5) go through the informed consent process for genetic testing, if needed. The counseling process helps patients and family members understand when genetic testing is appropriate. For more information on the genetic counseling, testing, and informed consent process view the resources below. For information on specific conditions, try searching the Resource Database.

Highlighted Resources

Breast Cancer Genetic Counseling and Testing Patient Education Online Module

Online patient tool with educational sections to help you learn about the genetics of breast cancer and genetic testing. It presents the benefits and risks of getting tested for breast cancer risk in six educational modules developed by expert health care professionals in the field of genetic counseling.

Clinical Genetic Services

This directory compiles all of the clinical genetic services available in the state of Michigan. It provides a background to genetic counseling, clinic sessions and a detailed list of clinic sites across the state. Topics for clinical genetics consults include: cancer, perinatal, ocular, pediatrics, neurogenetics, reproductive(prenatal) and adult genetics.

Informed Consent for Genetic Testing

The Informed Consent for Genetic Testing booklet was created to provide patient education about genetic testing so the most informed decision can be made about submitting a sample for testing.

Michigan Public Health Code- Informed Consent

This amendment to the Public Health Code requires a healthcare provider to obtain written informed consent from a person before presymptomatic or predictive genetic testing is done.

Additional Resources

After Newborn Screening Your Baby's Blood Spots - Michigan BioTrust For Health Consent Brochure (Arabic)

A helpful brochure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of facts about consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

After Newborn Screening Your Baby's Blood Spots audio recording

An audio recording of a helpful brochure on the BioTrust from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services containing facts about parents consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

After Newborn Screening: Michigan BioTrust for Health brochure

A helpful brochure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of facts about consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

Birth Defects and Genetic Conditions Resources

This virtual version of the Birth Defects Toolkit provides links to Michigan resources for families and professionals that may be helpful in caring for children with birth defects and a variety of genetic conditions.

Cancer Family History Guide Instruction Card

This instruction card describes the use of the MDCH Cancer Family History Guide guide which is designed to identify patients at increased risk for one of two hereditary cancer syndromes: Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) and Lynch syndrome.

Cancer Genomics Resources Order Form

Order these great informational MDCH cancer genomics resources including; family history fact cards, the cancer family history guide and informed consent booklet.

Children's Hospital of Michigan Metabolic Clinic

The Metabolic Clinic provides lifelong follow-up and treatment for individuals diagnosed with inborn errors of metabolism through newborn screening.

Creating a Clinical Risk Assessment Tool to Promote Cancer Genomics

A summary presentation of the creation of MDCH's Cancer Family History Guide. This unique clinical decision tool aids providers in collecting, assessing, and performing a quick risk assessment for cancer family history.

Family and Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes Implications for Future

Guest PowerPoint presentation in August 2011 at the Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance (MCGA) membership meeting.

Healthy Woman, Healthy Baby Medical Conditions and Genetic Counseling Fact Sheet

This fact sheet adopted from the California Preconception Care Initiative provides information on how different medical conditions (diabetes, seizures, metabolic disorders) can affect a pregnancy and whether or not genetic counseling could be helpful.

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