The role of genetic testing in mental health settings

CR237, October 2023

It is important that mental health care is able to benefit from the progress made in our understanding of genetics. Increased knowledge of this area play an important role in supporting clinicians and patients in decision-making around their healthcare, as well as supporting better health outcomes. 

The College has identified the need for clinicians to have access to guidance about the role of genetic testing in their clinical practice. Currently, while research into mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions generates vast amounts of information, it can be difficult for clinicians to navigate the available evidence in order to understand the clinical implications of research findings for patients receiving care in mental health services.

This report, therefore, aims to provide clinically relevant summaries of the current evidence base for genetic testing across a range of mental health conditions. Where there is evidence to support it, service standards have been recommended.

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