The Need for Education and Clinical Best Practice Guidelines in the Era of Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing

JMIR Med Educ. 2020 Dec 8;6(2):e21787. doi: 10.2196/21787.


Many people share the results of their direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing (DTC-PGT) within the primary care setting, seeking interpretation of and counsel about the results. However, most primary care physicians (PCPs) are not trained to interpret and communicate about DTC-PGT results. New guidelines must be developed to help PCPs maximize the potential of emerging DTC-PGT technologies.

Keywords: direct-to-consumer; medical education; patient-physician relationship; personal genome testing; primary care.