Alerting genetic relatives to a risk of serious inherited disease without a patient’s consent

Roger W Byard and Stephen M Cordner
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (12): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb03171.x
Published online: 20 June 2011

To the Editor: Suthers and colleagues raise a number of significant ethical issues regarding patients’ right to privacy and the passing of genetic information to relatives.1 Although the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines relate specifically to private practice and living patients,2 similar dilemmas arise during medicolegal autopsies.

  • Roger W Byard1
  • Stephen M Cordner2

  • 1 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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