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Genetic and Genomic Consultation: Are We Ready for Direct-to-Consumer Telegenetics ?
Du, Li1; Becher, Shmuel I.2
2018-12-03
Source PublicationFRONTIERS IN GENETICS
ISSN1664-8021
Volume9
AbstractTelegenetics, the application of telemedicine in the context of genetic services, is a growing market. One of the recent developments in this field is the use of direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing to promote and advertise genetic and genomic consultant services to consumers. Using Google.com, we identified providers that promote their telegenetics services online. By analyzing their websites, we identify and examine key points regarding DTC telegenetics: how are telegenetics services portrayed, how is informed consent obtained, and what protections are offered to clients' personal health information ? We found that the portrayal of a wide range of telegenetics services on providers' websites is extremely positive. The risks associated with the implementation of telegenetics were rarely mentioned. Consent forms were often unavailable and did not cover all of the relevant information. The measures for protecting clients' personal health information by telegenetics providers were found to be generally inadequate and weak. We concluded that DTC telegenetics may increase patients' access to genetic counseling with affordable costs. However, before further developing DTC telegenetics, more research and regulatory improvements are required to guarantee truthful advertising, ensure informed consent, secure personal health data sharing, and warrant adequate privacy protection.
Keywordtelegenetics telegenomics direct-to-consumer genetic services risks and benefits privacy informed consent
DOI10.3389/fgene.2018.00550
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Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaGenetics & Heredity
WOS SubjectGenetics & Heredity
WOS IDWOS:000452098500001
PublisherFRONTIERS MEDIA SA
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Affiliation1.Univ Macau, Fac Law, Macau, Peoples R China;
2.Victoria Univ Wellington, Sch Accounting & Commercial Law, Wellington, New Zealand
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Du, Li,Becher, Shmuel I.. Genetic and Genomic Consultation: Are We Ready for Direct-to-Consumer Telegenetics ?[J]. FRONTIERS IN GENETICS,2018,9.
APA Du, Li,&Becher, Shmuel I..(2018).Genetic and Genomic Consultation: Are We Ready for Direct-to-Consumer Telegenetics ?.FRONTIERS IN GENETICS,9.
MLA Du, Li,et al."Genetic and Genomic Consultation: Are We Ready for Direct-to-Consumer Telegenetics ?".FRONTIERS IN GENETICS 9(2018).
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