Join, Follow & Connect
Join Modern Healthcare's LinkedIn group Follow Modern Healthcare on Twitter Join Modern Healthcare's Facebook group Follow Modern Healthcare's Pinterest board Modern Healthcare's Flickr page Modern Healthcare's YouTube Channel Get a Modern Healthcare news feed

 
Comment Buy Reprints Print Article Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email this page to a colleague
Healthcare Business News
 

Genetic testing doesn't increase healthcare use: study


By Paul Barr
Posted: May 17, 2012 - 1:00 pm ET
Tags:

Genetic testing does not drive increased use of health services, according to the results of a study published online by the journal Genetics in Medicine.

The National Institutes of Health-led study found that the increased information about disease risk that results from genetic testing does not appreciably drive up or diminish participants' demand for follow-up healthcare, according to an NIH news release.

Advertisement | View Media Kit

 

The study aimed to address some of the uncertainty among healthcare providers about whether people who received the genetic risk information would seek additional diagnostic testing to monitor for predicted illnesses. “This study goes a long way towards bringing data to these debates and shows that people are not likely to make inappropriate demands of health delivery systems if they are properly informed about the limitations of genetic tests,” said Colleen McBride, chief of the National Human Genome Research Institute's Social and Behavioral Research Branch, in the release.

The study of 217 healthy people between the ages of 25 and 40 used electronic health records, which the authors said are more accurate than self-reporting by the participants. The research was conducted through the Multiplex Initiative, a multicenter collaborative involving the National Institutes of Health's Intramural Research Program, Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.


What do you think?

Share your opinion. Send a letter to the Editor or Post a comment below.

Post a comment

Loading Comments Loading comments...

Search ModernHealthcare.com:


 

Switch to the new Modern Healthcare Daily News app

For the best experience of ModernHealthcare.com on your iPad, switch to the new Modern Healthcare app — it's optimized for your device but there is no need to download.