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Using Genetics Home Reference to Reinforce Patient Education

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Using Genetics Home Reference to Reinforce Patient Education

Heather Collins1, Sherri Calvo2, Kathleen Greenberg1, Lisa Forman Neall3, and Stephanie Morrison2

1ICF, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 22031 USA 2US National Library of Medicine, NIH, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD, 20894 USA 3Medical Science & Computing, LLC, 11300 Rockville Pike #1100, Rockville, MD, 20852 USA

About Genetics Home Reference

1,100+ plain-language summaries on genetic conditions

1,300+ summaries on condition-related genes

Summaries on all chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA

Help Me Understand Genetics: Fundamentals of human genetics and complex research issues

Accessible via computer, tablet, smartphone, and printed PDF


Uses for Genetics Home Reference in a Genetics Consultation

Genetic Testing: Genetics Home Reference provides information on many aspects of testing including informed consent, types of genetics tests, and the risks and benefits of testing.

Understanding Testing Results: Genetics Home Reference’s health condition and gene pages contain information about condition presentation and prognosis, gene-disease relationships, mutations, and normal gene function.

Provider-Patient Communication: Genetics Home Reference’s pages are easy to read and share with patients during a consult via computer or tablet. Pages contain educational images that serve as visual aids. All pages are available as PDFs, which can be printed and given to patients.

Post-Consult: The patient can read and share printed PDFs and explore Genetics Home Reference (on computer, tablet, or phone) to revisit information about specific conditions or genes and review general genetics concepts.


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