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Can you force a family member to get genetic testing?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
An individual must give permission to have genetic testing performed.
Carrier testing for genetic disease is usually not done in children until they are able to give informed consent.

In brief: No
An individual must give permission to have genetic testing performed.
Carrier testing for genetic disease is usually not done in children until they are able to give informed consent.
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Dr. Ira Salafsky
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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: No special risk
This is an important question that is incredibly complex.
It is not appropriate to "force" someone to have genetic testing, whether it is a question of diagnosis, risk factor assessment, inheritance patterns, or a myriad of other reasons. An ethically appropriate strategy is to provide a balanced, science-based, discussion of the reason for genetic testing, and then allow the person to decide.

In brief: No special risk
This is an important question that is incredibly complex.
It is not appropriate to "force" someone to have genetic testing, whether it is a question of diagnosis, risk factor assessment, inheritance patterns, or a myriad of other reasons. An ethically appropriate strategy is to provide a balanced, science-based, discussion of the reason for genetic testing, and then allow the person to decide.
Dr. Steven Neish
Dr. Steven Neish
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