Perspectives on facilitating whole exome sequencing for international patients at Mayo Clinic.
Whole exome sequencing (WES) has become a fundamental component of genetic evaluation and diagnosing rare genetic diseases. This test is now offered to patients from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and in various clinical and research settings. This commentary is a reflection of one group of clinical genetic counselors' experiences in facilitating WES for patients who come from outside the United States for genetic evaluation and pursue WES. This patient population in our clinic primarily consists of individuals from the Middle East and presents recurrent logistical and counseling challenges. We aim to describe our international patient population, illuminate the challenges we have faced and illustrate how we have addressed these challenges.
Journal of genetic counseling
Bertsch, Nicole; Agre, Katherine; Ewing, Sarah; Gunderson, Lauren; Kemppainen, Jennifer; and Murphree, Marine, "Perspectives on facilitating whole exome sequencing for international patients at Mayo Clinic." (2019). Other Specialties. 6.