Undergraduates' Attitudes and Perceptions towards Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing
The survey was split into four parts: general demographics, knowledge of human genetics, awareness of personal genome companies, and opinions regarding DTC personal genome testing. The study results showed how undergraduates hear about testing, and that undergraduates in the health sciences or engineering fields are more likely to have a better understanding of DTC genetic testing. Undergraduate students learn about DTC genetic testing most commonly through television and the internet (20.1%), that they were not confident interpreting their results alone (69.6%), and would prefer expert guidance to be included with the test results (82.0%). Healthcare providers need to be prepared for questions and to battle the misconceptions that result from information being shared on television and social media.
Learning Areas:Communication and informatics
Public health biology
Describe how undergraduate students hear about DTC genetic testing and reasons why they would or would not participate. Discuss attitudes of undergraduate students toward DTC testing and the ethical and regulatory measures identified by the respondents.
Keyword(s): Genetics, Health Literacy
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author because I carried out this research in completion of my undergraduate honors thesis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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