Eliciting Medical History: Genetic Counseling a Prisoner
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"It is never too late to give up your prejudices" — Henry David Thoreau
Thanks to Allison Ossege, 2009 summer intern, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, for her work as a contributing author for this case.
Commentary by Andrea E. Harbison, MS, CGC, LBJ General Hospital, Houston, TX
By the end of this case, genetic counselors will be able to:
- Describe health disparities related to prisoners and the prison environment.
- Recognize the sociological, social psychological and psychopathological variables linked to criminal behavior.
- Explain the laws and policies regarding medical treatment in jails and prisons and acknowledge that regulations may differ between jurisdictions.
- Describe strategies for building patient trust and eliciting a medical history for individuals belonging to vulnerable cultural populations, such as inmates.