Getting the Message Across: Communication with Diverse Populations in Clinical Genetics

Paperback | March 4, 2013

EditorJennifer Wiggins, Anna Middleton

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Communicating with patients about genetic concepts is fraught with complications. In addition to the hazy takeaway messages and the likelihood of peripheral findings, the diverse cultural backgrounds of patients in a genetics clinic present another layer of challenge for clinicians and geneticcounselors in their aim to communicate important findings effectively and respectfully.This book provides practical advice to assist genetic counselors, geneticists, and other health professionals wanting to engage appropriately with different clients from different communities - patients who are hearing and/or visually impaired, patients with diverse sex development or religiousbackgrounds, and those who are available only through interpreter or telephone consultation. With chapter-based practical entries on effective communication with these and other diverse population groups, this volume is an invaluable pocket tool for clinicians and counselors to effectively get themessage across.

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Communicating with patients about genetic concepts is fraught with complications. In addition to the hazy takeaway messages and the likelihood of peripheral findings, the diverse cultural backgrounds of patients in a genetics clinic present another layer of challenge for clinicians and geneticcounselors in their aim to communicate impo...

Jennifer Wiggins is a registered genetic counselor (UK) who has worked in clinical genetics services for 17 years. She has specialised in both pre-natal and cancer genetics. She has been the Vice-Chair of the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counselors and is a mentor and assessor for the Genetic Counselor Registration Board (UK and ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199757410

ISBN - 13:9780199757411

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Table of Contents

Lauren Kerzin-Storrar: Introduction1. Anna Middleton and Christina Palmer: Clients who are D/deaf or hard of hearing2. Georgina Hall and Alison Clarke: Clients who are visually impaired3. Lih-Mei Liao and Margaret Simmonds: Clients who have diverse sex development4. Sara Levene: The Jewish community5. Jacqueline Turner: The Traveller community6. Mushtaq Ahmed: The Pakistani Muslim community7. Alan Phillips: Clients who disclose sexual abuse8. Anna Gregorowski: Teenagers9. Jeremy Turk: Children who have intellectual disability10. Anna-Marie Stevens and Dr Jayne Wood: Clients who are terminally ill11. Rachel Taylor: Clients who have dementia12. Nicki Cornwall: Communication from an interpreter's perspective13. Kelly Kohut and Kathryn Myhill: Communication via the telephone or video conferencing