Screening for genetic disorders

Janet K. Williams, University of Iowa

Abstract

Recent additions to genetic screening programs include DNA testing to identify carriers of certain disorders, presymptomatic detection of certain disorders, newborn screening for hemoglobinopathies, and maternal serum alpha fetoprotein screening during pregnancy. Purposes and limitations of each of these new screening programs are discussed. Responsibilities of nurse practitioners for educating clients about genetic screening tests is emphasized.

 

URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1460