Research directions in genetic counselling: a review of the literature

Patient Educ Couns. 2001 Aug;44(2):95-105. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(00)00181-6.


There is a growing body of literature considering genetic counselling services in a variety of clinical settings. This literature encompasses both predictive and diagnostic testing, from the viewpoints of service providers and recipients. It also embraces a wide range of conceptions of the nature and goals of genetic counselling. However, research in this area has been criticised for a focus on outcome rather than process, and it has been suggested that this focus limits its practical use. The purpose of this review is twofold: (1) to describe the varying concepts of counselling which appear to be utilised in published work and (2) to discuss the possible applications of this work to practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Health
  • Decision Making
  • Forecasting
  • Genetic Counseling / methods
  • Genetic Counseling / psychology
  • Genetic Counseling / standards
  • Genetic Counseling / trends
  • Genetic Testing* / methods
  • Genetic Testing* / psychology
  • Genetic Testing* / standards
  • Genetic Testing* / trends
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Reproduction
  • Research / trends*
  • Risk Factors