Aims: Advances in next-generation sequencing technologies make it possible to envisage multiple contexts in which genomic tools might be used to enhance patient care. We describe how genetics patients and their caregivers view the promises and perils of clinical genomic testing.
Patients & methods: Fifty-one interviews with patients and parents of pediatric patients seeking genetic evaluation at an academic medical center.
Results: Themes from interviews include participants' enthusiasm for clinical genomic testing for diagnostic purposes, medical benefits and concerns about emotional and psychosocial burdens resulting from clinical genomic testing.
Conclusion: By clarifying these patients' and caregivers' views of clinical genomic testing, the findings we report can help to anticipate other patients' reactions to new forms of personalized medicine enabled by genomic technologies.
Keywords: clinical genomic testing; genetics patient; next-generation sequencing; patient attitudes; qualitative research.