Journal article

Old Challenges or New Issues? Genetic Health Professionals' Experiences Obtaining Informed Consent in Diagnostic Genomic Sequencing.

Danya F Vears, Pascal Borry, Julian Savulescu, Julian J Koplin

AJOB Empir Bioeth | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: While integrating genomic sequencing into clinical care carries clear medical benefits, it also raises difficult ethical questions. Compared to traditional sequencing technologies, genomic sequencing and analysis is more likely to identify unsolicited findings (UF) and variants that cannot be classified as benign or disease-causing (variants of uncertain significance; VUS). UF and VUS pose new challenges for genetic health professionals (GHPs) who are obtaining informed consent for genomic sequencing from patients. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 31 GHPs across Europe, Australia and Canada to identify some of these challenges. RESULTS: Our results show that ..

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