Patients Prefer Help Interpreting Genetic Tests

Test Result 200While the FDA and private companies debate the value of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, a joint Syracuse/Yale University study shows consumers need and want interpretive help with the test results. The survey found 65% of patients polled would seek professional help interpreting genetic information, no matter what its source.

“Genetic risk percentages require interpretation and context,” said (study co-author Rene) Almeling. Both the American Medical Association and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics encourage people to undergo genetic testing under the guidance of a qualified health care professional. This allows patients to discuss the risks and benefits of genetic testing, and test results can be interpreted in the context of the individual’s other health factors, such as family history and environment

Basic information about the study here.

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