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Chapter 483
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F.S. 483.913
483.913 Definitions.As used in this part, the term:
(1) “Department” means the Department of Health.
(2) “Genetic counselor” means a person licensed under this part to practice genetic counseling.
(3) “Scope of practice of genetic counseling” means the process of advising an individual or a family affected by or at risk of genetic disorders, including:
(a) Obtaining and evaluating individual, family, and medical histories to determine genetic risk for genetic or medical conditions and diseases in a patient, his or her offspring, and other family members;
(b) Discussing the features, natural history, means of diagnosis, genetic and environmental factors, and management of risk for genetic or medical conditions and diseases;
(c) Identifying, ordering, and coordinating genetic laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies as appropriate for a genetic assessment;
(d) Integrating genetic laboratory test results and other diagnostic studies with personal and family medical history to assess and communicate risk factors for genetic or medical conditions and diseases;
(e) Explaining the clinical implications of genetic laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies and their results;
(f) Evaluating the client’s or family’s responses to the condition or risk of recurrence and providing client-centered counseling and anticipatory guidance;
(g) Identifying and using community resources that provide medical, educational, financial, and psychosocial support and advocacy;
(h) Providing written documentation of medical, genetic, and counseling information for families and health care professionals; and
(i) Referring patients to a physician for diagnosis and treatment.
History.s. 1, ch. 2021-133.