Do physicians think genomic medicine will be useful for patient care?

Per Med. 2014;11(4):424-433. doi: 10.2217/pme.14.25.


Significant technological improvements over the last decade have led to a vast expansion in the understanding of the genomic architecture of human disease. However, the use of genomic information, so-called genomic medicine, in routine clinical care, has been slow in comparison to the growth in genomic discovery. The uptake of genomic technology into clinical practice will depend on physicians' perspectives of its utility in patient care. We review recent literature addressing physician attitudes regarding the usefulness and limitations of genomic testing. We conclude by proposing research areas to better understand the role physicians will play in the uptake of genomic information into clinical medicine.

Keywords: clinical utility; genomic medicine; genomic testing; pharmacogenomics; physician perspectives.