The role of genetic/genomic factors in health, illness and care provision

Emma Tonkin, Heather Skirton

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This is the fifth in a series of articles on genetics. This article focuses on the science that informs health care and explains how genetics (the study of inheritance and variation) and genomics (the study of the structure and function of the genome and its interactions with the environment) relate to health, illness and care provision. This article does not set out to review all of the core concepts in genetics that healthcare professionals should be familiar with, although the authors do refer to a number in the article. The authors consider why it is important to have an understanding of these concepts, how this can make a difference to practice and refer the reader to additional sources of information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
JournalNursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2013


  • Clinical Competence
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genetics, Medical
  • Humans
  • Karyotyping
  • Nurse-Patient Relations


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