An analysis of communication following newborn screening for cystic fibrosis

James Price Dillard, Christine L. Carson, Carolynne Jane Bernard, Anita Laxova, Phillip M. Farrell

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With the tremendous expansion of knowledge that will come from advances in the Human Genome Project, the question of how to effectively communicate genetic risk information will assume increasing importance. This article reports research intended to provide a descriptive foundation for future inquiry. Drawing on information from medical professionals and videotaped interactions of families whose infant has tested positive for cystic fibrosis, the authors present an analysis of the phases of communication following newborn screening. From this analysis, it can be seen that genetic counseling is best viewed as part of a larger process of risk communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-205
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication


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