The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Ethics of Genetic Counseling

Ethics of genetic counseling

Introduction

Genetic counseling has become an important part of medical genetics. The demand for genetic counseling will likely increase as knowledge accumulates about the genetic component of commonly occurring disorders. With the tremendous advances in the field of genetic techniques and genetic diagnoses, ethical aspects involved in genetic counseling are now emerging as major issues. Exploring some ethical aspects of genetic counseling will assist health providers, policymakers and program managers in ensuring that genetic information and services will be provided in an ethically acceptable way.

Research into the structure and function of genes is increasing our understanding of their role in maintaining health and causing disease. Over the last half century, our understanding of genetic disorders has increased spectacularly. The ...

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