Genetic counselling is a process through which individuals at risk of an impaired health condition that may be hereditary or genetic or epigenetic and have a reason to believe that the consequences of the genetic disorder could be due to unhealthy habits or lifestyle. Genetic counsellors are experts in medical genetics having knowledge of various diagnostic tests available to administer thorough unbiased, ethical and accurate information. They act like extended arms for clinicians and doctors. Genetic counselling involves educating patients and their families about the occurrence or recurrence of a genetic disorder in a family.
Patients and families can benefit from understanding the following:
Doctors/ scientists/ diagnostic experts may recommend the patients/families seek genetic counselling from a qualified and experienced expert who can support:
“All appointments will be fixed as per the availability of the clinicians and geneticists. The Genome Foundation staff will call you to fix an appointment. If for some reason you are unable to attend your appointment or will be late, we request you to kindly call and update the same to us.”