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Article: Genetic Discrimination and Mental Illness: a Case Report

TitleGenetic Discrimination and Mental Illness: a Case Report
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Issue Date2001
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jme.bmjjournals.com/
Citation
Journal of Medical Ethics, 2001, v. 27 n. 6, p. 393-397 How to Cite?
AbstractWith advances in genetic technology, there are increasing concerns about the way in which genetic information may be abused, particularly in people at increased genetic risk of developing certain disorders. In a recent case in Hong Kong, the court ruled that it was unlawful for the civil service to discriminate in employment, for the sake of public safety, against people with a family history of mental illness. The plaintiffs showed no signs of any mental health problems and no genetic testing was performed. This was the first case concerning genetic discrimination in common law jurisdictions, therefore the court's judgment has implications for how genetic discrimination cases may be considered in the future. The court considered it inappropriate to apply population statistics or lifetime risks to individuals while examining fitness for work. It recommended an individualised assessment of specific risks within the job, relative to other risks posed by that workplace.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/42512
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.693
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dc.contributor.authorWong, JGWSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMak-Lieh, Fen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-29T08:51:36Z-
dc.date.available2007-01-29T08:51:36Z-
dc.date.issued2001en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Medical Ethics, 2001, v. 27 n. 6, p. 393-397en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0306-6800en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/42512-
dc.description.abstractWith advances in genetic technology, there are increasing concerns about the way in which genetic information may be abused, particularly in people at increased genetic risk of developing certain disorders. In a recent case in Hong Kong, the court ruled that it was unlawful for the civil service to discriminate in employment, for the sake of public safety, against people with a family history of mental illness. The plaintiffs showed no signs of any mental health problems and no genetic testing was performed. This was the first case concerning genetic discrimination in common law jurisdictions, therefore the court's judgment has implications for how genetic discrimination cases may be considered in the future. The court considered it inappropriate to apply population statistics or lifetime risks to individuals while examining fitness for work. It recommended an individualised assessment of specific risks within the job, relative to other risks posed by that workplace.en_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsJournal of Medical Ethics. Copyright © B M J Publishing Group.en_HK
dc.subject.meshDisabled persons - legislation & jurisprudenceen_HK
dc.subject.meshEmployment - legislation & jurisprudenceen_HK
dc.subject.meshPrejudiceen_HK
dc.subject.meshSchizophrenia - geneticsen_HK
dc.subject.meshWorkplace - legislation & jurisprudenceen_HK
dc.titleGenetic Discrimination and Mental Illness: a Case Reporten_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1136/jme.27.6.393en_HK
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