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Social Work and Genetics 

Social Work and Genetics
Social Work and Genetics
Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

John M. Quillin

, Jaclyn Miller

, and Joann N. Bodurtha


This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Genetics contributes to the etiology and expression of significant health conditions and well-being at all stages of the life span, including genetic legacy issues at the end of life.

The conceptualization of family includes social, psychological, environmental, and genetic interactions.

Interdisciplinary teamwork with medical geneticists and genetic counselors becomes an increasingly important component of social work practice as genetic information, a complex subject open to misinterpretations, ethical debate, and highly personal decision making, continues to evolve rapidly.

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