What material should be disclosed to patients for their consent to medical treatment, especially elective treatments and those not considered standard of care, has continued to be contentious. Genetic screening procedures take no exception to this. Clinical staff have the burden of explaining genetic testing procedures and potential implications all while avoiding overwhelming patients with genetic predispositions indicated for both the patient and the patient’s relatives. Read this link and comment below:
Questions to think about:
What are your thoughts on an individual’s right to not know information not immediately material to life choices? At what point is there an obligation to medical staff to disclose additional information that originally was not sought and even possibly specifically noted to be withheld? What criteria could be set to determine if/when such information should be given?