Clinical scenarios help to put learning and teaching into context. The scenarios presented here have been developed by healthcare professionals from situations in their practice; use them in any way that supports your teaching. Some of the scenarios have questions that are contextualised for different groups of health professionals.
Use this scenario to understand the role of family history in bowel cancer risk assessment.
Use these two scenarios to understand how a pedigree can clarify family history information in the prenatal setting.
Use this scenario to understand how the family history of a patient presenting with high blood pressure might be suggestive of FH.
Use this scenario to understand how a high cholesterol concentration in a patient might be suggestive of FH.
Use this scenario to understand how the family history of a patient with breast cancer might be suggestive of an inherited predisposition to cancer involving either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
Use this scenario to understand how the family history of a patient with bowel cancer might be suggestive of an inherited predisposition to cancer known as HNPCC (Hereditary non polyposis colorectal cancer).
Use these 22 scenarios with Lesson Plan 4 ‘Ethics and Clinical Practice in Genetics’ or for group work within your own teaching sessions on communication, ethical decision making and consent in genetics. (Reproduced, with kind permission, from the Joint Commission on Medical Genetics ‘Consent and confidentiality in clinical genetic practice: Guidance on genetic testing and sharing genetic information’ 2nd edition September 2011).
Use these four scenarios taken from Nursing Standard articles for discussing situations where nurses need to consider the implications of genetics for their clinical care.