The time of diagnosis is a very emotional life changing time for patients and their families. Whether genetic or not, diagnostic tests are provided by many entities, and can be announced by many different types of professionals with different experiences and backgrounds.
Different positions exist on what kind of diagnoses that should be the target of testing and what really are the best practices in the announcement of a diagnosis, the correct information to provide to the patient and their family or the professional that should be responsible in providing this information.
The circumstances under which the announcement is made can have a significant impact on the acceptance of having the disease and the subsequent decisions they make that influence the care of the patient at hand.
Common practices do not exist across Europe – neither about which diagnosis to test for nor about how to provide the patient with the information. In many countries genetic counselling is not even recognised as a profession