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Die Ontwikkeling Van Genetiese Dienste Van Die Departement Van Gesondheid — 1978

J. Hof
Curationis | Vol 1, No 4 | a167 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v1i4.167 | © 1979 J. Hof | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 September 1979 | Published: 25 September 1979

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J. Hof,, South Africa

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Abstract

Genetic Services may be regarded as a new addition to community health services, and are currently in the process of institutionalisation. The provision of this “ advanced” health service is long overdue, considering the widespread prevalence of genetic disorders, the role of genetic factors in disease in general, the possibilities of prevention, and the devastating implications of congenital and hereditary disorders for the family and community.
The functional activities of the service are based on detection of high-risk and affected individuals, which includes diagnostic investigations and surveillance, genetic counselling and education and training. The nature of the service is outlined with particular reference to the genetics nurse.
Designing a suitable organisational structure and providing essential facilities hallmarked the first phase in the process of institutionalising the service. In the next phase, commencing in 1979, the service will be implemented more formally with emphasis on evaluation and improvement of the service.

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