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Genetic testing, families and confidentiality (1 CPD hour)

Clinical geneticist Professor Anneke Lucassen and GP Dr Imran Rafi consider genetic testing and confidentiality.
Learning objectives

This module will offer a primary care focused overview of issues around genetic testing, families and confidentiality:

  • Considering that genetic tests on an individual can reveal other family members' risk
  • Being aware of situations in which you may have to share familial information
  • Working with specialist genetic services to manage familial communication
  • Considering expanded GMC guidance on possible breaches of confidence, including those relating to genetic medicine
  • Preparing for future challenges in how genetic information, such as family histories and genetic test results, is recorded on IT systems.

This module was first published on 26 January 2011 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 26 January 2013 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.


Professor Anneke Lucassen is professor of clinical genetics and honorary consultant in clinical genetics at the University of Southampton, School of Medicine and the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service

Dr Imran Rafi is a GP in Banstead, Surrey, senior lecturer in primary care education at St George's, University of London, and an executive council member of the Primary Care Genetics Society

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