Guiding policy decisions for genetic screening: developing a systematic and transparent approach

Public Health Genomics. 2011;14(1):9-16. doi: 10.1159/000272898. Epub 2009 Dec 29.


With the ever-widening gap between what is technologically possible and services available, jurisdictions around the world are faced with complex decisions regarding the introduction and expansion of genetic screening programs. A series of literature reviews and consultations with stakeholders and experts led to the development of a decision support guide for genetic screening policy-making. This involved establishing a preliminary list of core criteria synthesized from the growing literature on genetic screening, which was then transformed through a series of consultations into a more elaborate decision guide. Although certain perennial challenges in genetic screening policy-making remain, the decision support guide aims to promote a fair and evidence-informed process that makes explicit the ethical dilemmas often inherent to such policy decisions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making, Organizational
  • Genetic Testing / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Genetic Testing / organization & administration
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Policy Making*