Services on Demand
Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123On-line version ISSN 1678-4561
BRUNONI, Décio. Genetic Counseling. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2002, vol.7, n.1, pp.101-107. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232002000100009.
Genetic counseling (GC) is a medical multiprofessional and interdisciplinar health care process. Most of the Brazilian people don't have access to these services. In Brazil there are many GC groups, centers and services in condition to train health care professionals to the Federal Brazilian Public System of Health (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS). Ministry of Health could easily created an Office of Genetic Services to organize and launch trainning programs. It is also necessary improve genetic educational programs for the health professions as well as educate the public in genetic disorders and birth defects. Support of parent/patient organizations is also desirable. The implementation of such community genetics programs has been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Keywords : Genetics; Genetic Counseling; Health Care Delivery Services.