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Ethical Issues in the Evaluation of Adults With Suspected Genetic Neuromuscular Disorders

  • Journal Review by Xiaowei Su, MD, PhD, Peter B. Kang, MD, James A. Russell, DO, and Zachary Simmons, MD

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  • Language: English
  • Published: 12/1/2016
  • Pages: 10
  • Description: Free CME for Members! Genetic testing is rapidly becoming an increasingly significant part of the diagnostic armamentarium of neuromuscular clinicians. Although technically easy to order, the results of such testing, whether positive or negative, have potentially enormous consequences for the individual tested and for family members. As a result, ethical considerations must be in the forefront of the physician’s agenda when obtaining genetic testing. Informed consent is an important starting point for discussions between physicians and patients, but the counseling embedded in the informed consent process must be an ongoing part of subsequent interactions, including return of results and follow-up. Patient autonomy, including the right to know and right not-to-know results, must be respected. Considerations of capacity, physician beneficence and nonmaleficence, and privacy all play roles in the process.

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    The AANEM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    The AANEM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit expires 12/31/2019.
    No one involved in the planning of this CME activity had any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Any conflicts of interest have been resolved by the Journal in accordance with the Muscle & Nerve editorial process.

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