The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
SOCIAL AND BEHAVIOURAL RESEARCH IN CLINICAL GENETICS
Perceptions of genetic counseling services in direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing
Article first published online: 13 MAY 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 84, Issue 4, pages 335–339, October 2013
How to Cite
Perceptions of genetic counseling services in direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing., , , , .
- Issue published online: 11 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 13 MAY 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 16 APR 2013 12:38PM EST
- Manuscript Revised: 10 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 5 FEB 2013
- NIH/NHGRI R21. Grant Number: 1R21HG005747-01
- NIH/NCRR Flagship Clinical and Translational Science Award. Grant Number: 1UL1RR025774-01
- disclosure of genetic results;
- genetic counseling;
- genomic education;
- personal genomic testing;
- personalized medicine;
To describe consumers' perceptions of genetic counseling services in the context of direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing is the purpose of this research. Utilizing data from the Scripps Genomic Health Initiative, we assessed direct-to-consumer genomic test consumers' utilization and perceptions of genetic counseling services. At long-term follow-up, approximately 14 months post-testing, participants were asked to respond to several items gauging their interactions, if any, with a Navigenics genetic counselor, and their perceptions of those interactions. Out of 1325 individuals who completed long-term follow-up, 187 (14.1%) indicated that they had spoken with a genetic counselor. The most commonly given reason for not utilizing the counseling service was a lack of need due to the perception of already understanding one's results (55.6%). The most common reasons for utilizing the service included wanting to take advantage of a free service (43.9%) and wanting more information on risk calculations (42.2%). Among those who utilized the service, a large fraction reported that counseling improved their understanding of their results (54.5%) and genetics in general (43.9%). A relatively small proportion of participants utilized genetic counseling after direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing. Among those individuals who did utilize the service, however, a large fraction perceived it to be informative, and thus presumably beneficial.