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Looking back on the future of genetic counselling in Canada

Leeming, William (2013) Looking back on the future of genetic counselling in Canada. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 30 (1). ISSN 0823-2105


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This article focuses on how occupational roles and work relationships have changed over time for genetic counselling activities in Canada. It begins with a review of the stages of consensus that were reached about a role for geneticists and genetic counselling in clinical settings and, second, the formation of medical genetics as a service specialism. Interviews conducted by the author and survey data collected by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors/L’Association Canadienne des Conseillers en Genetique are then used to examine role divarication in genetic counselling and the boundary realignment in inter-professional relations between physician and non-physician personnel involved in counselling activities. This leads, in a final step, to summarize what the research shows about the changing face of genetic counselling in Canada and directions for future historical investigation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: genetic counselling; health professions; professionalizsation; medical genetics
Divisions: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 14:07
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 20:02
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/874

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