Beyond the Helix: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications in Genomics

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Objective: To review ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics, a ground-breaking science that when applied improves cancer care outcomes. Data Sources: PubMed, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), Cochrane Library, consensus statements, and professional guidelines. Conclusion: Ethical, legal, and social domains of genomics are not fully delineated. Areas needing further discussion and policies include return of findings, informed consent, electronic health records, and data resources and sharing. Implications for Nursing Practice: All nurses need a basic understanding of the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-106
Number of pages14
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2019



  • data resources and sharing
  • electronic health records
  • ethical, legal, social implications
  • genomics
  • informed consent
  • regulatory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

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