National clinical Genetic Networks - GENets - Establishment of expert collaborations in Denmark

Dorte L Lildballe, Anja Lisbeth Frederiksen, Bitten Schönewolf-Greulich, Charlotte Brasch-Andersen, Charlotte Kvist Lautrup, Helena Gásdal Karstensen, Inge Søkilde Pedersen, Lone Sunde, Lotte Risom, Maria Rasmussen, Mette Bertelsen, Mette Klarskov Andersen, Nanna Dahl Rendtorff, Pernille Axél Gregersen, Pernille M Tørring, Sophia Hammer-Hansen, Susanne E Boonen, Suzanne Granhøj Lindquist, Trine Bjørg Hammer, Birgitte R Diness

Abstract

Genetic conditions are often familial, but not all relatives receive counseling from the same institution. It is therefore necessary to ensure consistency in variant interpretation, counseling practices, and clinical follow up across health care providers. Furthermore, as new possibilities for gene-specific treatments emerge and whole genome sequencing becomes more widely available, efficient data handling and knowledge sharing between clinical laboratory geneticists and medical specialists in clinical genetics are increasingly important. In Denmark, these needs have been addressed through the establishment of collaborative national networks called Genetic Expert Networks or "GENets". These networks have enhanced patient and family care significantly by bringing together groups of experts in national collaborations. This promotes coordinated clinical care, the dissemination of best clinical practices, and facilitates the exchange of new knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104872
JournalEuropean Journal of Medical Genetics
Volume66
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
ISSN1769-7212
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Decision making
  • Genetic counseling
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Professional development
  • Variant classification

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