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The general public's understanding and perception of direct-to-consumer genetic test results

Leighton J, Valverde K, Bernhardt B ...see all

Public Health Genomics, vol. 15, issue 1 (2011) pp. 11-21

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Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing allows consumers to discover their risk for common complex disorders. The extent to which consumers understand typical results provided by DTC genetic testing is currently unknown. Misunderstanding of the results could lead to negative consequences including unnecessary concern, false reassurance or unwarranted changes in screening behaviors. We conducted a study to investigate consumers' perceptions and understanding of DTC test results.

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  • Direct-to-consumer genetic tests
  • Direct-to-consumer test results
  • Direct-to-consumer tests
  • General public
  • Genetic counselors
  • Genetic professionals
  • Perceptions
  • Understanding

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  • J. W. Leighton

  • K. Valverde

  • B. A. Bernhardt

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