Ensuring the appropriate use of genetic tests

Nat Rev Genet. 2004 Dec;5(12):955-9. doi: 10.1038/nrg1495.


Ensuring the correct use of genetic tests is an important challenge for health-policy makers. Many new genetic tests will identify susceptibility to common diseases or adverse drug responses. Some will lead to new prevention opportunities, but others will have minimal clinical value. Statutory regulation alone cannot guarantee appropriate use. Other strategies, including resource allocation and matters related to clinical governance - such as practice-guideline development and health-provider education - are also important.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Genetic Carrier Screening
  • Genetic Testing / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Genetic Testing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Risk