Community involvement in developing policies for genetic testing
Assessing the interests and experiences of individuals affected by genetic conditions
Gollust, S. E., Apse, K., Fuller, B. P., Miller, P. S., & Biesecker, B. B. (2005). Community involvement in developing policies for genetic testing: Assessing the interests and experiences of individuals affected by genetic conditions. American Journal of Public Health, 95(1), 35-41. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2003.025734
Because the introduction of genetic testing into clinical medicine and public health creates concerns for the welfare of individuals affected with genetic conditions, those individuals should have a role in policy decisions about testing. Mechanisms for promoting participation range from membership on advisory committees to community dialogues to surveys that provide evidence for supporting practice guidelines. Surveys can assess the attitudes and the experiences of members of an affected group and thus inform discussions about that community's concerns regarding the appropriate use of a genetic test. Results of a survey of individuals affected with inherited dwarfism show how data can be used in policy and clinical-practice contexts. Future research of affected communities' interests should be pursued so that underrepresented voices can be heard.