Interdisciplinary education in clinical genetics

R. P. Cox, E. W. Reich, J. B. Cox

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Optimal preparation for a career as a professional in genetics can be achieved by participation in a program at a center where there is coordination of several disciplines providing health care for families affected by genetic disease. This interdisciplinary approach to providing health services is complemented by a thorough education in the theoretic, quantitative, and practical aspects of the science of genetics. The model for health care used by genetics units is applicable to other areas of medicine, especially those involved in the care of chronic diseases. The implementation of interdisciplinary health teams similar to those used in genetics provides a broader range of services and improvement in the quality of patient care. Patient education in particular is a neglected area. Much of the dissatisfaction with medical care and misunderstanding regarding the objectives of therapy can be traced to the failure of physicians to communicate and educate patients concerning the nature and course of their diseases. The recognition of these deficiencies in health care delivery increases the need for more health professionals. The interdisciplinary education pioneered by genetics units and other interdisciplinary programs has broad applicability for the future training of health professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-169
Number of pages15
JournalBirth Defects: Original Article Series
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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