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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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ROJAS BETANCOURT, Iris Andrea  y  MARCHECO TERUEL, Beatriz. Ethical norms for the execution of predictive tests in the medical genetics´ services in Cuba. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.2, pp.360-373. ISSN 0864-3466.


New technologies available in the field of human and medical genetics can increasingly be used for preventive medical purposes. There is also the risk of misuse that favors discrimination and selective euthanasia, and that minimizes the role of social determinants in the health of the populations.


To establish ethical norms to ensure that presymptomatic tests in Cuba are carried out in accordance with the principles of respect for autonomy, justice, beneficence and non-malice.


These norms were elaborated from a proposal discussed and agreed upon in national workshops with the participation of clinical geneticists from all over the country and approved by the Ethics Committee of the National Center of Medical Genetics and the Ministry of Public Health.


The approved norms considered essential aspects such as: the knowledge about the scope of information that the test will reveal and its implications on a personal and family level, informed consent for its implementation, the conditions under which it is performed, and the safety of its results; medical obligations before, during and after the performance of the test; and all concerning to the privacy and confidentiality of the information.


The generalization and compliance of these ethical norms ensure the protection of vulnerable individuals and families, contributes to improving their medical care and to reducing the impact on their health, their reproduction and life in general terms of the severe diseases they are at risk or suffering from.

Palabras clave : Predictive testing; genetic counseling; ethical norms; medical genetics services; Cuba.

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